Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics

Paperback | October 15, 2015

bySharon Erickson Nepstad

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From Gandhi's movement to win Indian independence to the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, an expanding number of citizens have used nonviolent action to win political goals. While such events have captured the public imagination, they have also generated a new surge of scholarly interest in thefield of nonviolence and civil resistance studies. Although researchers have produced new empirical data, theories, and insights into the phenomenon of nonviolent struggle, the field is still quite unfamiliar to many students and scholars. In Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics, sociologist Sharon Nepstad provides a succinct introduction to the field of civil resistance studies, detailing its genesis, key concepts and debates, and a summary of empirical findings. Nepstad depicts the strategies and dynamics at playin nonviolent struggles, and analyzes the factors that shape the trajectory and outcome of civil resistance movements. The book draws on a vast array of historical examples, including the U.S. civil rights movement, the Indonesian uprising against President Suharto, the French Huguenot resistanceduring World War II, and Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers. Nepstad describes both principled and pragmatic nonviolent traditions and explains various categories of nonviolent action, concluding with an assessment of areas for future research. A comprehensive treatment of the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent resistance, Nonviolent Struggle is essential reading for students, scholars, and anyone with a general interest in peace studies and social change.

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From Gandhi's movement to win Indian independence to the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, an expanding number of citizens have used nonviolent action to win political goals. While such events have captured the public imagination, they have also generated a new surge of scholarly interest in thefield of nonviolence and civil resistance st...

Sharon Erickson Nepstad is Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of numerous articles and three books, including: Nonviolent Revolutions: Civil Resistance in the Late 20th Century (2011, Oxford University Press); Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement (2008, Cambridge University Press...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresPrefaceAcknowledgements1. What Nonviolence Is and What It Is Not2. Religious and Ethical Positions on Violence and Nonviolence3. The Strategy of Nonviolent Resistance4. Types of Nonviolent Action5. Dynamics of Nonviolent Struggles6. Outcomes and Consequences of Nonviolent Struggles7. Armed Forces, Defections, and Nonviolent Change8. The Global Diffusion of Nonviolence9. Future Directions in Civil Resistance ResearchAppendix: Discussion QuestionsEndnotesGlossary of TermsReferences

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"This is a long-overdue and badly-needed book for this rapidly expanding subfield. For nearly twenty years I've taught an upper-division undergraduate seminar on nonviolence and this is just the kind of text I've been looking for but have yet been able to find." --Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco