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Silence And Authoritative Speech In Post-Violence Northern Ghana

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The growth of local readership promises to become an increasingly topical research theme, which requires the analysis of local expectations and the researcher's choices and doubts rather than ethical codification. This chapter explores the relationship between truth, silence, rumour and violence as well as the epistemological and methodological challenges for conducting fieldwork in, and especially writing about, such a situation. Legalization produced so much silence, due to a widespread notion that conflict issues can only be addressed in a legal or quasi-legal setting and must be hushed up in daily life. The chapter first illustrates the silence with the case of a soccer match. It demonstrates how in post-violence Konkomba/Nanumba coexistence, dialogue about conflict issues was continuously subverted by a communication strategy of silence and diverted to authoritative speech.

Keywords: authoritative speech; silence; violence



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