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Ripples of Hope : How Ordinary People Resist Repression Without Violence (Hardcover) (Robert M. Press)
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Robert Kennedy, speaking in 1966 in South Africa, shortly after Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned, said: "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."This book shows how it is done. The author recounts stories of mothers, students, teachers, journalists, attorneys, and others who courageously stood up for freedom and human rights against repressive rulers - and helped bring about change. With few exceptions, they did it nonviolently. This tribute to the strength of the human spirit also breaks new ground in social movement theories, showing how people on their own or in small groups can make a difference.
In Ripples of Hope, Robert M. Press tells the stories of mothers, students, teachers, journalists, attorneys, and many others who courageously stood up for freedom and human rights against repressive rulers?and who helped bring about change through primarily nonviolent means. Press surveys individual and group protests in countries affected by war and unrest, including Kenya, Argentina, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. A tribute to the strength of the human spirit, Ripples of Hope breaks new ground in social movement theories, revealing how people?both on their own and in small groups?can make a difference.
Number of Pages: 327
Genre: Social Science, Political Science
Series Title: Protest and Social Movements
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Robert M. Press
Street Date: October 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-01-8067