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

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

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The fable of the Emperors New Clothes is a classic example of a conspiracy of silence, a situation where everyone refuses to acknowledge an obvious truth. But the denial of social realities--whether incest, alcoholism, corruption, or even genocide-is no fairy tale. In The Elephant in the Room, Eviatar Zerubavel sheds new light on the social and political underpinnings of silence and denial-the keeping of open secrets. The author shows that conspiracies of silence… (more)