Archives of suppression



Publication Details

Martin, B. (1986). 'Archives of suppression', In B. Martin, C. Ann. Baker, C. Manwell & C. Pugh (Eds.), Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Responses (pp. 164-181). North Ryde, N.S.W.: Angus & Robertson.

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The number of cases of clear or suspected suppression is enormous. The previous chapters have presented a number of cases in some detail, though any one of them could be described at much greater length. To give an idea of the scale and variety of suppression, presented here are some thumbnail sketches.

Because the phenomenon of suppression has not been conceptualised or studied systematically, the available evidence about it is spread far and wide, and difficult to track down. What I have done here is to describe a variety of cases which I or my colleagues have come across in our reading. Non-academic cases are included to show the forms suppression can take in the "free world" and to illustrate the severe consequences that suppression can help to perpetuate, such as exposure of people to toxic chemicals. There are three main criteria for inclusion: first, the suppression or suspected suppression is either major or distinctive in character; second, substantial and accessible documentation is available; third, the case is not described elsewhere in this book.

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