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Strategic Nonviolent Power


Strategic Nonviolent Power

The Science of Satyagraha
Global Peace Studies

von: Mark Mattaini

19,99 €

Verlag: Au Press
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 01.10.2013
ISBN/EAN: 9781927356432
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 328

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History indicates that there are powerful routes to liberation from oppression that do not involve violence. Mohandas Gandhi called for a science of nonviolent action, one based on satyagraha, or the "insistence on truth.” As Gandhi understood, nonviolent resistance is not passive, nor is it weak; rather, such action is an exercise of power. Despite the success of Gandhi’s "Quit India” movement, the resources dedicated to the application of rigorous science to nonviolent struggle have been vanishingly small. By contrast, almost unimaginable levels of financial and human resources have been devoted to the science and technologies of killing, war, and collective violence. Mark Mattaini reviews the history and theory of nonviolent struggles against oppression and discusses recent research that indicates the substantial need for and advantage of nonviolent alternatives. He then offers a detailed exploration of principles of behavioral systems science that appear to underlie effective strategic civil resistance and "people power.”

Strategic Nonviolent Power proposes that the route to what Gandhi described as the "undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries” of nonviolent resistance is the application of rigorous science. Although not a simple science, Mattaini’s application of ecological science grounded in the science of behaviour brings exceptional power to the struggle for justice and liberation. At a time when civil resistance is actively reshaping global political realities, the science of nonviolent struggle deserves the attention of the scientific, activist, strategic, military, spiritual, and diplomatic communities, as well as the informed public.
Strategic Nonviolent Power proposes that the route to what Mohandas Gandhi described as "the undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries” of nonviolent resistance is the application of science. After reviewing the history and theory of nonviolent struggles against oppression, Mattaini then explores principles of behavioral systems science that appear to underlie effective strategic civil resistance and "people power.”
History indicates that there are powerful routes to liberation from oppression that do not involve violence. Mohandas Gandhi called for a science of nonviolent action, one based on satyagraha, or the "insistence on truth.” As Gandhi understood, nonviolent resistance is not passive, nor is it weak; rather, such action is an exercise of power. Despite the success of Gandhi’s "Quit India” movement, the resources dedicated to the application of rigorous science to nonviolent struggle have been vanishingly small. By contrast, almost unimaginable levels of financial and human resources have been devoted to the science and technologies of killing, war, and collective violence. Mark Mattaini reviews the history and theory of nonviolent struggles against oppression and discusses recent research that indicates the substantial need for and advantage of nonviolent alternatives. He then offers a detailed exploration of principles of behavioral systems science that appear to underlie effective strategic civil resistance and "people power.”

Strategic Nonviolent Power proposes that the route to what Gandhi described as the "undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries” of nonviolent resistance is the application of rigorous science. Although not a simple science, Mattaini’s application of ecological science grounded in the science of behaviour brings exceptional power to the struggle for justice and liberation. At a time when civil resistance is actively reshaping global political realities, the science of nonviolent struggle deserves the attention of the scientific, activist, strategic, military, spiritual, and diplomatic communities, as well as the informed public.
List of Table and Figures- xi
Acknowledgements- xiii

Part One - Understanding Nonviolent Power- 1
1. Nonviolent Power- 3
2. Strategic Nonviolent Resistance- 19
3. Behavioural Science Principles for Nonviolent Strategy- 47
4. Behavioural Systems Science and Nonviolent Struggle- 64
5. Sustaining Resistance Movements: Solidarity, Discipline, and Courage- 89
6. Organization and Leadership in Resistance Movements- 117

Part Two- Strategic Options- 133
7. Constructive Noncooperation- 137
8. Nonviolent Persuasion and Protest- 167
9. Disruptive Noncooperation- 202
10. Resource Disruption and Retaliation- 234
11. Toward "Undreamt of” Discoveries- 251

Notes- 269
Bibliography- 297
Index- 309

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