The New Conscientious Objection: From Sacred to Secular Resistance

Paperback | October 1, 1994

EditorCharles C. Moskos, John Whiteclay Chambers

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Although conscientious objection is a long-standing phenomenon, it has only recently become a major factor affecting armed forces and society. The only comprehensive, comparative scholarly study of conscientious objection to military service, this book examines the history of the practice inthe Western world and state policies that have grown up in response to it. It shows how the contemporary refusal to bear arms is likely to be secular and widespread rather than religious and marginal, now including service people (as seen in the 1991 War in the Persian Gulf) as well as conscriptionresisters. No account of civil-military relations or peace movements in advanced industrial countries is complete without reference to conscientious objection, and this book will be the standard text on the subject.

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Although conscientious objection is a long-standing phenomenon, it has only recently become a major factor affecting armed forces and society. The only comprehensive, comparative scholarly study of conscientious objection to military service, this book examines the history of the practice inthe Western world and state policies that hav...

Charles C. Moskos is at Northwestern University. John Whiteclay Chambers is at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PART I: INTRODUCTION: THE SECULARIZATION OF CONSCIENCE 1. The Secularization of ConsciencePART II: THE UNITED STATES 2. The United States: COs and the State, from Colonial Times to the Present 3. The Dilemma of Conscientious Objection for Afro-Americans 4. Alternative Service in a Future DraftPART III: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 5. Britain: From Individual Conscience to Social Movement 6. France: A Statute but no Objectors 7. Federal Republic of Germany: Conscientious Objection as Social Welfare 8. Denmark: The Vanguard of Conscientious Objection 9. Norway: Toward Full Freedom Of Choice10. South Africa: From Laager to Anti-Apartheid11. Switzerland: Questioning the Citizen Soldier12. Israel: Conscientious Objection in a Democracy Under Seige13. Socialist Countries: The Old Orders Crumble14. Democratic Republic of Germany: Dissedence that PrevailedPART IV: CONCLUSION: THE SECULARIZATION OF CONSCIENCE RECONSIDERED15. The Legal Aspects of Conscientious Objection: A Comparative Analysis16. ConclusionIndex

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"[A] useful collection of nation-by-nation essays."--Times Literary Supplement