This paper was written as a part of a Symposium on Culture, Nation, and LatCrit (Latina/o Communities and Critical Race) Theory and focuses on the concept of voice and silence. Part I locates the works in the axis of silence and power. Part II explores how critical theory and international human rights norms can be used to develop a methodology to analyze and detect the exclusion or silencing of voices. A paradigm is developed that, by internationalizing voice, serves as a useful tool to explore power-based silencing. In Part III, the article illustrates how the proposed paradigm can focus the issues of culture and nation in a way that encourages a non-essentialist, anti-subordination, inclusive personhood ideal.
Berta E. Hernández-Truyol & Sharon Elizabeth Rush, Culture, Nationhood, and the Human Rights Ideal, 5 Mich. J. Race & L. 817, 33 U. Mich. J.L. Ref. 233 (2000) (jointly published), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/442