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Title:Communication and expressing, not speaking, on AIDS
Author:Chasi, Colin
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 0256-0046)
Geographic term:Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560046.2013.800670
Abstract:The aim of this article is not to quibble over the extent, character or purpose of speaking of Africans as people who do not communicate about something that evidence suggests they do speak about. It is not for this author to exhaust the theoretical possibilities by which communication can be said to not have taken place when it is accepted that someone has spoken. The point is to present a persuasive account that says it is strange and harmful that Africans are labelled silent on HIV/AIDS, when evidence shows them speaking about it. Hence, silence is briefly described and illustrations are offered of respected people presenting Africans as silent. Three ways by which people are described as not communicating are interrogated, namely, failure to transmit meaning, lack of common conceptual ground, and failure to overtly communicate. A key contribution of the article is to render it problematic to simply say Africans do not communicate on HIV/AIDS, or to say that their silence is not communication. The conclusion advocates that Africans avoid repeating without change the history of silencing others, and rather imagine and communicate towards possible futures in which mutual respect and recognition may stand a better chance. This is thus not a call for silencing talk about silence as regards HIV/AIDS, but a call for better communication that commands the respect of each individual. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]