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The Life of Voicesillustrates how human voices have special significance as the place where mind and body collaborate to produce every day speech. Hannah Rockwell links Russian semiotician Mikhail Bakhtin#xE2;#xAC;"s philosophy of dialogue with French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty#xE2;#xAC;"s views of the relation between bodies and speech expression to develop a unique theory of communication and bodies. By introducing readers to actual human subjects speaking about how their identities have been shaped and transformed through time, the author explores how discourses reproduce ideology and social power relations. Readers are challenged to consider complex influences between human subjects and institutionalized discourses through critical-interpretive analyses of transcribed speech. The Life of Voiceshas an interdisciplinary flair grounded in careful research. It is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students interested in discourse studies and the body#xE2;#xAC;"s relationship to speech or human identity formation. Many scholars in communication, sociology, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, gender studies and identity politics would find valuable insights, methods or examples in this work.