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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Eviatar Zerubavel

in The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Silence breakers force the acknowledgment of things that people specifically prefer to ignore to avoid hurt or upset. Denial helps protect others besides oneself. The notion that “some things are ... More


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