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Dissenting Lives


Collett, A and Simoes da Silva, T, Dissenting Lives, Routledge, New York, pp. 106. ISBN 9781138810112 (2015) [Edited Book]


This collection brings together a series of essays that combine the public and private nature of dissent, stories of dissent that encapsulate the mood of an historical or cultural period, or of a society. Dissent is most memorable when it is public, explosive, dramatically enacted. Yet quiet dissent is no less effective as a methodical unstitching of social and political mores, rules and regulations. Success depends, perhaps, less on intensity than on determination, on patience as much as courage. Moreover, although many persistent dissenters often gain an iconic status, most live dissent in the fabric of their ordinary lives. Some combine both. Imprisoned at Robben Island for 27 years, his image and voice erased from the print media or airwaves, Nelson Mandela remained even in jail one of the most powerful agents of dissent in South African society until his freedom in 1990. Deep connections, deep commitment, profoundly personal convictions and courageous public dissent are some of the threads that bind together this diverse and exciting collection of essays. Alone, each essay explores dissent and consent in stimulating and distinct ways; together, they speak both of the effects of dissent and consent and of their affective energies and potential.

Item Details

Item Type:Edited Book
Keywords:language, literature
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Simoes da Silva, T (Professor Tony Simoes da Silva)
ID Code:107368
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-03-11
Last Modified:2017-08-28

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