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, and while Margaretta Jolly makes no such
distinction when she refers to 'persistent dissenters' in her contribl,ltion to this
collection, much of the writing she examines falls into the latter category.
Moreover, although many persistent dissenters often gain an iconic status, most
live dissent in the fabric of their ordinary lives.