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Nonviolence in Political Theory

Nonviolence in Political Theory

  • Author: Iain Atack
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748649670
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 208
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By scrutinising the philosophical and theoretical assumptions of proponents of nonviolent political action, for example the role of the state, the rule of law and the nature of social and political power, Ian Atack establishes nonviolence as a credible th

Transformative Pacifism

Transformative Pacifism

Critical Theory and Practice

  • Author: Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1350039195
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 272
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Defending pacifism against the charge that it is naïvely utopian, Transformative Pacifism offers a critical theory of the existing world order, and points in the direction of concrete ethical and political action. Pacifism is a transformative philosophy with wide ranging implications. It aims to transform political, social, and psychological structures. Its focus is deep and wide. It is similar to other transformative social theories: feminism, ecology, animal welfare, cosmopolitanism, human rights theory. Indeed, behind those theories is often the pacifist idea that violence, power, and domination are wrong. Pacifist theory raises consciousness about unjustifiable violence. This in turn leads to transformations in practical life. Many other books defend nonviolence and pacifism by focusing on failed justifications of war, as well as on the strategic value of nonviolence. This book begins by reviewing and accepting those sort of arguments. It then focuses on what a commitment to pacifism and nonviolence means in terms of a variety of practical issues. Pacifists reject the violent presuppositions of a society based upon power, strength, nationalism, and the system of militarized nation-states. Pacifism transforms psychological, social, political, and economic life. This book will be of interest to those who are disenchanted with ongoing violence, violent rhetoric, terrorism, wars, and the war industry. It gives anyone with pacifist sympathies reassurance: pacifists are not wrong to think that violence and war are immoral, irrational, and insane and that there is always an alternative.

Die Macht der Gewaltlosigkeit

Die Macht der Gewaltlosigkeit

  • Author: Richard B. Gregg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783873481114
  • Category:
  • Page: 168
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Reconstructing Nonviolence

Reconstructing Nonviolence

A New Theory and Action for a Post-Secular Society

  • Author: Roberto Baldoli
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351372602
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 172
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Nonviolent methods of action have been a powerful tool since the early twentieth century for social protest and revolutionary social and political change, and there is diffuse awareness that nonviolence is an efficient spontaneous choice of movements, individuals and whole nations. Yet from a conceptual standpoint, nonviolence struggles to engage with key contemporary political issues: the role of religion in a post-secular world; the crisis of democracy; and the use of supposedly ‘nonviolent techniques’ for violent aims. Drawing on classic thinkers and contemporary authors, in particular the Italian philosopher Aldo Capitini, this book shows that nonviolence is inherently a non-systematic and flexible system with no pure, immaculate thought at its core. Instead, at the core of nonviolence there is praxis, which is impure because while it aims at freedom and plurality it is made of less than perfect actions performed in an imperfect environment by flawed individuals. Offering a more progressive, transformative and at the same time pluralistic concept of nonviolence, this book is an original conceptual analysis of political theory which will appeal to students of international relations, global politics, security studies, peace studies and democratic theory.

Political Violence in Ancient India

Political Violence in Ancient India

  • Author: Upinder Singh
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674975278
  • Category: India
  • Page: 616
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The Politics of Nonviolent Action: The methods of nonviolent action

The Politics of Nonviolent Action: The methods of nonviolent action

  • Author: Gene Sharp
  • Publisher: Extending Horizons Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 902
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Tre Binds værk, der beskriver og forklarer ikke-voldelige handlinger og aktioner. I bind II The Methods of Nonviolent Action beskrives de metoder og fremgangsmåder, der anvendes ved ikke-voldelige aktioner bl.a. ved at undlade at samarbejde på det politiske, økonomiske og politiske plan. Udg.1973.:336 s.not.

A Theory of Nonviolent Action

A Theory of Nonviolent Action

How Civil Resistance Works

  • Author: Stellan Vinthagen
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1780320531
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 408
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In this ground-breaking and much-needed book, Stellan Vinthagen provides the first major systematic attempt to develop a theory of nonviolent action since Gene Sharp's seminal The Politics of Nonviolent Action in 1973. Employing a rich collection of historical and contemporary social movements from various parts of the world as examples - from the civil rights movement in America to anti-Apartheid protestors in South Africa to Gandhi and his followers in India - and addressing core theoretical issues concerning nonviolent action in an innovative, penetrating way, Vinthagen argues for a repertoire of nonviolence that combines resistance and construction. Contrary to earlier research, this repertoire - consisting of dialogue facilitation, normative regulation, power breaking and utopian enactment - is shown to be both multidimensional and contradictory, creating difficult contradictions within nonviolence, while simultaneously providing its creative and transformative force. An important contribution in the field, A Theory of Nonviolent Action is essential for anyone involved with nonviolent action who wants to think about what they are doing.

Frieden mit friedlichen Mitteln

Frieden mit friedlichen Mitteln

Friede und Konflikt, Entwicklung und Kultur

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag
  • ISBN: 3322958221
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 476
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Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace

Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace

  • Author: David Boersema,Katy Gray Brown
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 904202061X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 266
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This book is a collection of philosophical papers that explores theoretical and practical aspects and implications of nonviolence as a means of establishing peace. The papers range from spiritual and political dimensions of nonviolence to issues of justice and values and proposals for action and change.

Gandhi: Selected Political Writings

Gandhi: Selected Political Writings

  • Author: Mahatma Gandhi,Dennis Dalton
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780872203303
  • Category: History
  • Page: 172
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Based on the complete edition of his works, this new volume presents Gandhi’s most important political writings arranged around the two central themes of his political teachings: satyagraha (the power of non-violence) and swaraj (freedom). Dennis Dalton’s general Introduction and headnotes highlight the life of Gandhi, set the readings in historical context, and provide insight into the conceptual framework of Gandhi’s political theory. Included are bibliography, glossary, and index.

Gandhi in Political Theory

Gandhi in Political Theory

Truth, Law and Experiment

  • Author: Anuradha Veeravalli
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317130995
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 166
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Can Gandhi be considered a systematic thinker? While the significance of Gandhi’s thought and life to our times is undeniable it is widely assumed that he did not serve any discipline and cannot be considered a systematic thinker. Despite an overwhelming body of scholarship and literature on his life and thought the presuppositions of Gandhi’s experiments, the systematic nature of his intervention in modern political theory and his method have not previously received sustained attention. Addressing this lacuna, the book contends that Gandhi’s critique of modern civilization, the presuppositions of post-Enlightenment political theory and their epistemological and metaphysical foundations is both comprehensive and systematic. Gandhi’s experiments with truth in the political arena during the Indian Independence movement are studied from the point of view of his conscious engagement with method and theory rather than merely as a personal creed, spiritual position or moral commitment. The author shows how Gandhi’s experiments are illustrative of his theoretical position, and how they form the basis of his opposition to the foundations of modern western political theory and the presuppositions of the modern nation state besides envisioning the foundations of an alternative modernity for India, and by its example, for the world.

Gandhi and Non-Violence

Gandhi and Non-Violence

  • Author: William Borman
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780887063312
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 287
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“The issues of South Africa and the nuclear bomb and theologies of liberation have for some time spotlighted the question of violence and non-violence. The strength or weakness of Gandhian non-violence often comes up in discussions on the subject. This manuscript analyzes Gandhian non-violence. The analysis is able, thorough and—this is what I most respond to—marked both by rigorous Western-style scrutiny and a familiarity with Gandhi’s philosophical and religious roots. He provides a strong theoretical basis for the instinctive reactions of many of Gandhi’s non-violence, for the widespread and commonsense belief that in general non-violence is sound and beneficial but that non-violent extremism may not be. His treatment of Gandhian non-violence in the context of Indian philosophy and metaphysics is of high calibre. His approach is both fresh and successful.” — Rajmohan Gandhi “Borman shows in great detail where Gandhi’s thought arises from the Upanisads, The Bhagavad Gita, and a few other ancient documents. He also shows clearly where Gandhi deviates from his sources. As to argument, Borman uses a close-grained approach characteristic of analytic philosophy. Borman claims that Gandhi’s principles are extreme and unsupportable, and eventually lead to contradiction. It is not an intellectual biography, and it does not deal with the development of Gandhi’s thought. Rather it analyzes the logic of his position, and shows how he came to defend it from new angles in different circumstances. The text is well related to historical events, but does not pretend to history.” — Robert C. Neville “The manuscript is not, and does not pretend to be, a historical analysis of Mahatma Gandhi’s experience. Its notable strength lies in its unique and commendable examination of Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, and in this particular respect it is the best study of the subject that I have read among the hundreds of books that deal with aspects of Gandhi’s contribution to our understanding of non-violence.” — Dennis Dalton “It is refreshing to read an author who has a basis for understanding Gandhi since so many writers fail to understand or appreciate the spiritual essentials that form the core of Gandhi’s life and message. This book rings with clear, accurate, insightful understandings of Gandhi. It explores fully Gandhi’s philosophy of action and brings in scriptural sources for concepts that Gandhi practiced in his everyday affairs. I think the Western reader will gain a much needed clarification of Gandhian philosophy, methods, and actions, and especially of the source of his inspiration and intentions.” — Jean B. Mann

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolent Power in Action

  • Author: Dennis Dalton
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231530390
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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Dennis Dalton's classic account of Gandhi's political and intellectual development focuses on the leader's two signal triumphs: the civil disobedience movement (or salt satyagraha) of 1930 and the Calcutta fast of 1947. Dalton clearly demonstrates how Gandhi's lifelong career in national politics gave him the opportunity to develop and refine his ideals. He then concludes with a comparison of Gandhi's methods and the strategies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, drawing a fascinating juxtaposition that enriches the biography of all three figures and asserts Gandhi's relevance to the study of race and political leadership in America. Dalton situates Gandhi within the "clash of civilizations" debate, identifying the implications of his work on continuing nonviolent protests. He also extensively reviews Gandhian studies and adds a detailed chronology of events in Gandhi's life.

Political Protest and Cultural Revolution

Political Protest and Cultural Revolution

Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s

  • Author: Barbara Epstein
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520914469
  • Category: History
  • Page: 332
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From her perspective as both participant and observer, Barbara Epstein examines the nonviolent direct action movement which, inspired by the civil rights movement, flourished in the United States from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties. Disenchanted with the politics of both the mainstream and the organized left, and deeply committed to forging communities based on shared values, activists in this movement developed a fresh, philosophy and style of politics that shaped the thinking of a new generation of activists. Driven by a vision of an ecologically balanced, nonviolent, egalitarian society, they engaged in political action through affinity groups, made decisions by consensus, and practiced mass civil disobedience. The nonviolent direct action movement galvanized originally in opposition to nuclear power, with the Clamshell Alliance in New England and then the Abalone Alliance in California leading the way. Its influence soon spread to other activist movements—for peace, non-intervention, ecological preservation, feminism, and gay and lesbian rights. Epstein joined the San Francisco Bay Area's Livermore Action Group to protest the arms race and found herself in jail along with a thousand other activists for blocking the road in front of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. She argues that to gain a real understanding of the direct action movement it is necessary to view it from the inside. For with its aim to base society as a whole on principles of egalitarianism and nonviolence, the movement sought to turn political protest into cultural revolution.

Nonviolent Alternatives for Social Change

Nonviolent Alternatives for Social Change

  • Author: Ralph V. Summy
  • Publisher: EOLSS Publications
  • ISBN: 1848262205
  • Category:
  • Page: 428
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Nonviolent Alternatives for Social Change is a component of Encyclopedia of Social Sciences and Humanities in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. This volume gives a comprehensive review on Understanding Nonviolence in Theory and Practice; Ethics and Nonviolence; Countering with Nonviolence; Media Myopia and the power of Nonviolent Social Change; Paths to social change: conventional politics, violence and Non violence; Defending and Reclaiming the Commons Through Nonviolent Struggle; Nonviolent Methods and Effects of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement; Humiliation and Global Terrorism: How to Overcome it Nonviolently. It at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Power Kills

Power Kills

Democracy As a Method of Nonviolence

  • Author: R. J. Rummel
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781412831703
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 246
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This volume, newly published in paperback, is part of a comprehensive effort by R. J. Rummel to understand and place in historical perspective the entire subject of genocide and mass murder, or what he calls democide. It is the fifth in a series of volumes in which he offers a detailed analysis of the 120,000,000 people killed as a result of government action or direct intervention. In Power Kills, Rummel offers a realistic and practical solution to war, democide, and other collective violence. As he states it, "The solution...is to foster democratic freedom and to democratize coercive power and force. That is, mass killing and mass murder carried out by government is a result of indiscriminate, irresponsible Power at the center." Rummel observes that well-established democracies do not make war on and rarely commit lesser violence against each other. The more democratic two nations are, the less likely is war or smaller-scale violence between them. The more democratic a nation is, the less severe its overall foreign violence, the less likely it will have domestic collective violence, and the less its democide. Rummel argues that the evidence supports overwhelmingly the most important fact of our time: democracy is a method of nonviolence.

Von der Diktatur zur Demokratie

Von der Diktatur zur Demokratie

ein Leitfaden für die Befreiung

  • Author: Gene Sharp
  • Publisher: C.H.Beck
  • ISBN: 9783406568176
  • Category: Civil disobedience
  • Page: 118
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Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum Book of Proceedings

Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum Book of Proceedings

  • Author: Glenn D. Paige
  • Publisher: Center for Global Nonkilling
  • ISBN: 1880309114
  • Category:
  • Page: 369
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Gandhi on Non-Violence

Gandhi on Non-Violence

  • Author: Mahatma Gandhi
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780811216869
  • Category: History
  • Page: 101
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Originally published in 1965, a compendium of excerpts offers insight into the spiritual leader's beliefs about action as a central component of non-violent resistance, his opposition to the caste system, and legacy as a proponent of spiritual integrity. Reprint.

Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement

Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement

  • Author: Wendy Pearlman
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139503057
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: N.A
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Why do some national movements use violent protest and others nonviolent protest? Wendy Pearlman shows that much of the answer lies inside movements themselves. Nonviolent protest requires coordination and restraint, which only a cohesive movement can provide. When, by contrast, a movement is fragmented, factional competition generates new incentives for violence and authority structures are too weak to constrain escalation. Pearlman reveals these patterns across one hundred years in the Palestinian national movement, with comparisons to South Africa and Northern Ireland. To those who ask why there is no Palestinian Gandhi, Pearlman demonstrates that nonviolence is not simply a matter of leadership. Nor is violence attributable only to religion, emotions or stark instrumentality. Instead, a movement's organizational structure mediates the strategies that it employs. By taking readers on a journey from civil disobedience to suicide bombings, this book offers fresh insight into the dynamics of conflict and mobilization.