Its Meaning in America
- Ronald K. L. Collins, University of Washington, Law School, Seattle
- David M. Skover, Seattle University, School of Law
America values dissent. It tolerates, encourages and protects it. But what is this thing we value? That is a question never asked. 'Dissent' is treated as a known fact. For all that has been said about it - in books, articles, judicial opinions, and popular culture - it is remarkable that no one has devoted much, if any, ink to explaining what dissent is. No one has attempted to sketch its philosophical, linguistic, legal or cultural meanings or usages. There is a need to develop some clarity about this phenomenon, for not every difference of opinion, symbolic gesture, public activity in opposition to government policy, incitement to direct action, revolutionary effort or political assassination need be tagged dissent. In essence, we have no conceptual yardstick. It is just that measure of meaning that On Dissent offers.Read more
- No other book examines the meaning of the concept of dissent - what it is and what it is not, which are the key characteristics of dissent and which are not
- Explains the difference between the concept of dissent and the forms of dissent that are constitutionally protected
- Features the insightful and provocative commentary of twenty-three distinguished persons whom the authors interviewed
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- Date Published: May 2013
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781107069275
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. From judicial dissent to peaceful protest
2. From civil to uncivil disobedience
3. The vagaries of violence
4. Dissent, inc.
5. Dissent and law's parameters.
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