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Theory of Nonviolent Action : How Civil Resistance Works (Hardcover) (Stellan Vinthagen)

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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, The Sociology of Nonviolent Action is essential for anyone involved with nonviolent action who wants to think about what they are doing

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, he argues for a repertoire of nonviolence that combines resistance and construction. This repertoire is shown to be both multidimensional and contradictory, creating difficult contradictions within nonviolence, while simultaneously providing its creative and transformative force.

Essential for anyone involved with nonviolent action who wants to think about what they are doing
Number of Pages: 400.0
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Political Process / Political Advocacy, Peace, Political Process / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Stellan Vinthagen
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2015
TCIN: 16685286
UPC: 9781780320540
Item Number (DPCI): 247-38-7882

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