Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss by William KaplanWhy Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss by William Kaplan

Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss

byWilliam Kaplan

Hardcover | June 1, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$29.69 online 
$34.95 list price save 15%
Earn 148 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

Frances Kelsey was a quiet Canadian doctor and scientist who stood up to a huge pharmaceutical company wanting to market a new drug - thalidomide - and prevented an American tragedy. The nature writer Rachel Carson identified an emerging environmental disaster and pulled the fire alarm. Public protests, individual dissenters, judges, and juries can change the world - and they do. A wide-ranging and provocative work on controversial subjects, Why Dissent Matters tells a story of dissent and dissenters - people who have been attacked, bullied, ostracized, jailed, and, sometimes when it is all over, celebrated. William Kaplan shows that dissent is noisy, messy, inconvenient, and almost always time-consuming, but that suppressing it is usually a mistake - it's bad for the dissenter but worse for the rest of us. Drawing attention to the voices behind international protests such as Occupy Wall Street and Boycott, Divest, and Sanction, he contends that we don't have to do what dissenters want, but we should listen to what they say. Our problems are not going away. There will always be abuses of power to confront, wrongs to right, and new opportunities for dissenting voices to say, "Stop, listen to me." Why Dissent Matters may well lead to a different and more just future.
William Kaplan is a lawyer and author of many books, including A Secret Trial: Brian Mulroney and the Public Trust.
Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand
Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand

by William Kaplan

$55.75$61.00

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Not available in stores

A Secret Trial: Brian Mulroney and the Public Trust
A Secret Trial: Brian Mulroney and the Public Trust

by William Kaplan

$19.95

Ships within 1-2 weeks

Not available in stores

Theory and Practice of Writing: An Applied Linguistic Perspective
Theory and Practice of Writing: An Applied Linguistic Perspective

by William Grabe

$76.69$95.86

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author
Title:Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us MissFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2017Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0773550704

ISBN - 13:9780773550704

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Applying a historical analysis to various kinds of dissent through the past century, and focusing on figures as diverse as Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and Occupy Wall Street's Micah White, Kaplan illustrates the validity of protest as a means of social change." The Quill & Quire