By: Berenice Malka Fisher
$22.50 (USD), $27.50 (CAD)
How can uncomfortable feelings that seem to prevent us from engaging in political discussion actually aid the cause of resistance to injustice and violence?
Unhappy Silences offers a strikingly innovative answer: thoughtful consideration of reactions such as shame, confusion and loneliness can liberate our voices and deepen decision-making. Set in the context of feminist, antiracist, disability rights, LGBT and similar movements of the past sixty years, Berenice Malka Fisher weaves together her distinctive analysis, insights from a wide range of thinkers, and stories based on her own and other women’s activist experiences.
Unhappy Silences urges us not only to make our progressive movements more inclusive of diverse people but also—by listening to our silences—to make our discussions more inclusive of different ideas and options for action.
“[B]oth a memoir-through-essays and a critical analysis of the ways negative emotions play a role in activism. … Reflecting on her own four decades of activist work as well as the writing of noted activists and scholars, Fisher empathetically offers ways for readers to listen to their emotions and work with, rather than against, them.”
—Women’s Review of Books