Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can you hear me now??

When we talk about people “losing their voice,” we’re usually referring to a case of laryngitis. If a person “can’t speak” at all, either from birth or by permanent loss of the voice at some later point, we say they are “mute.” (The term “aphonia” is also used to denote the loss of the ability to speak, which may have a psychological or physiological basis.) And when it is said that some social unit, be it individual or group, “does not have a voice,” rightful participation and representation in the larger social framework are the issues at hand.