Gendered Violence and Silence in the “Country of the Unspoken”: Reflections on Ethnographic Writing in New Caledonia

Drawing on extensive research among indigenous Kanak communities in New Caledonia, Nathanaëlle Soler (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) asks how to write about unspoken gender-based violence. One way to do this, she concludes, is by studying the distribution of power and speech that erases the voice of women from public and private spheres while at the same time exploring their silent forms of resistance.

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Anthropology at the Ragged Edge of Silence

Reflecting on her childhood in Ireland and her research on Australia’s Stolen Generations, Fiona Murphy (Queen’s University Belfast) suggests that understanding the complex presence of silence in our research participants’ lives will help us to differently inhabit their imaginations and experiences, pushing us beyond silence’s ragged edge.

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