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A Theory of Nonviolent Action

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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.

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Author: Vinthagen, S
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781780325156
Pages: 273
Language: English
Publisher: Zed Books
Publisher's city: London
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