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Voice and Visibility

Voice has increasingly become a fascinating concept as it has taken on political, social, and cultural meanings over time. In addition, voice can be viewed from technocratic perspectives on voice (e.g., the production of sound and waves resulting from the auditory system) and from social perspectives (a figurative and symbolic representation of lived experiences and meaning making that reflects different values, ideologies, truths, interests, histories, subjectivities, and contexts). From a social perspective, voice is a living, interactive, complex phenomenon based in dynamic human social structures, contradictions, hierarchies, and other configurations of power. The concept of voice, as conceptualized by Peter McLaren, acknowledges the political processes at work in the construction of forms of authorship within different institutional and social spheres.

Hearing Voices

As a sociopolitical construct, the ...

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