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The Life of Voices
Bodies, Subjects and Dialogue

ISBN 9781138801585
Published May 30, 2014 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

The Life of Voices illustrates how human voices have special significance as the place where mind and body collaborate to produce everyday speech. Hannah Rockwell links Russian semiotician Mikhail Bakhtin’s philosophy of dialogue with French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s views of the relation between bodies and speech expression to develop a unique theory of communication and bodies. By introducing readers to actual human subjects speaking about how their identities have been shaped and transformed through time, the author explores how discourses reproduce ideology and social power relations. Readers are challenged to consider complex influences between human subjects and institutionalized discourses through critical-interpretive analyses of transcribed speech.

The Life of Voices has an interdisciplinary flair grounded in careful research.  Scholars in communication, sociology, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, gender studies and identity politics will find valuable insights, methods and examples in this work. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in discourse studies and the body’s relationship to speech or human identity formation.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Chapter I: Living Language  Chapter II: Dialogue, Organic Bodies and Consciousness  Chapter III: Communicating Bodies: Worldliness, Values, Ideology and Dialogue  Chapter IV: Bodies as Memory Sites  Chapter V: Organic Bodies and Symbolic Lives  Chapter VI: Speaking Subjects as Limbs of Social Bodies  Chapter VII: Embodied Feeling and Collective Values  Chapter VIII: Shared Humanity and the Power of Dialogue  Appendix i: Methods

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B. Hannah Rockwell is Associate Dean for the School of Communication at Loyola University, Chicago. Her published work has appeared in Women and Language, Body & Society, the International Journal of the Humanities and Advances in Discourse Processes. Rockwell employs philosophy of language to interpret a wide range of discourse practices as performances of human expression.