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This book makes an urgent demand for silence. The ability to think, to reflect, and to create are all highly dependent on regular access to silence. Yet in today's noisy, 24/7 society silence and quiet are under threat. And the business world only makes this worse with cynical marketing strategies abusing the power of noise: ever-diminishing oases of calm are hard to find. Stuart Sim argues that we need more, not less, silence. He explains why silence matters, where it matters - in our environment, in religion, philosophy, the arts, literature and science - and why the human race will suffer if we do not make space for it. The confrontation between the politics of noise and the politics of silence affects all of us profoundly: we cannot stay neutral on this issue. Key Features: *From noisy neighbours to ASBOs and MTV via the forest and the local library: noise versus silence is one of the main cultural conflicts of our time. *Provides a new and provocative take on the marketing strategies of the business world. *Demonstrates why and where silence matters in our lives, and why we should protect it. *Written by a hugely experienced author, Manifesto for Silence is a pleasure to read.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748625918
ISBN-10: 0748625917
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Professor Stuart Sim

Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory and Long Eighteenth-Century English Literature in the Dept. of English & Creative Writing, Northumbria University. The author or editor of 31 books, his work has been translated into 17 languages. He was elected a Fellow of the English Association in 2002. Amongst his recent publications are The End of Modernity, and The Lyotard Dictionary (both EUP).

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