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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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First Words on Silence

First Words on Silence

(p.5) One First Words on Silence

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on silence as a manifestation of the impropriety of racial categories, and analyzes the role of silence as inherent to language. Where animalization is concerned, silence emerges as an effect of power through a procedure of exclusion from discourse. Silence is a possibility that power cannot govern and is distinguishable from muteness as a counterforce, or force of annulment. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Michel Foucault’s concept of silence in the context of epistemology, where silence is imposed through a procedure of exclusion.

Keywords:   silence, racial categories, language, animalization, muteness, Michel Foucault, epistemology, exclusion

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