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The Power of Silence

What can you do with anthropology?

Speaking up is a big issue with regards to social justice and activism. It is a common belief that those who are silent during times of injustice are taking the side of the oppressor, but authors Netta Avineri, Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Robin Conley, Mariam Durrani, and Kathleen Riley from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology dispute the simplicity of this claim in their article “Silent Meditation: Speech, Power, and Social Justice.”

One problem with the claim that speaking up is necessary is that it leads to an increase in slacktivism. When people write blog posts online or share an article on their news feed, they tend to believe too quickly that they are doing something productive for the cause, and therefore they fall into the trap of thinking it is enough instead of wondering what more they can do to help.

Also, sometimes the ways in which people speak up…

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