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The Resource The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life, Eviatar Zerubavel

The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life, Eviatar Zerubavel

Label
The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life
Title
The elephant in the room
Title remainder
silence and denial in everyday life
Statement of responsibility
Eviatar Zerubavel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The fable of the Emperor's New Clothes is a classic example of a conspiracy of silence, a situation where everyone refuses to acknowledge an obvious truth. But the denial of social realities -- whether incest, alcoholism, corruption, or even genocide -- is no fairy tale. In this book, the author sheds new light on the social and political underpinnings of silence and denial -- the keeping of "open secrets." The author shows that conspiracies of silence exist at every level of society, ranging from small groups to large corporations, from personal friendships to politics. Drawing on examples from newspapers and comedy shows to novels, children's stories, and film, the book travels back and forth across different levels of social life, and from everyday moments to large-scale historical events. At its core, the book helps us understand why we ignore truths that are known to all of us. The author shows how such conspiracies evolve, illuminating the social pressures that cause people to deny what is right before their eyes. We see how each conspirator's denial is symbiotically complemented by the others, and we learn that silence is usually more intense when there are more people conspiring -- and especially when there are significant power differences among them. He concludes by showing that the longer we ignore "elephants, " the larger they loom in our minds, as each avoidance triggers an even greater spiral of denial. Social life in families, organizations, communities and even entire nations is full of situations where the emperor has no clothes. The book illuminates the dynamics behind these situations, revealing why we ignore obvious and alarming realities
Cataloging source
DLC
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Zerubavel, Eviatar
Dewey number
302.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • HM1041
  • HM1041
LC item number
  • .Z47 2006
  • .Z47 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Denial (Psychology)
  • Avoidance (Psychology)
  • Silence
  • Secrecy
  • Social psychology
Label
The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life, Eviatar Zerubavel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-149) and indexes
Contents
Preface -- Chapter 1. A conspiracy of silence -- Chapter 2. The rules of denial -- Chapter 3. The politics of denial -- Chapter 4. The social structure of denial -- Chapter 5. Breaking the silence -- Chapter 6. Some things are better left unsaid -- Chapter 7. The trouble with elephants -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Author index -- Subject index
Control code
ocm61309257
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 162 p.
Isbn
9780195187175
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005023273
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life, Eviatar Zerubavel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-149) and indexes
Contents
Preface -- Chapter 1. A conspiracy of silence -- Chapter 2. The rules of denial -- Chapter 3. The politics of denial -- Chapter 4. The social structure of denial -- Chapter 5. Breaking the silence -- Chapter 6. Some things are better left unsaid -- Chapter 7. The trouble with elephants -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Author index -- Subject index
Control code
ocm61309257
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 162 p.
Isbn
9780195187175
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005023273
Other physical details
ill.

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