Silence as a Meaning Framework

In Alessandro Capone & Assunta Penna (eds.), Exploring Contextualism and Performativity: The Environment Matters. Springer Verlag. pp. 115-125 (2023)
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This article will describe and interpret the meanings that silence may take on in contexts of day-to-day life. The first part of the article traces the sociology of communicative interaction which has emphasised the function of non-verbal communication. The second part of the article attempts to answer this question by showing how important it is to view silence as a common good to be recovered as an essential value in social bonds. The various dimensions of silence, the multiplicity of meanings it can acquire in different cultural contexts and the delicate balance which establishes itself between silence and verbal and iconic language, invite reflection on what would be the conditions which enable silence to preserve its power as a high-intensity communication code.



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