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Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 3) Paperback – November 1, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0875580722 ISBN-10: 0875580726 Edition: Later Edition Used

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  • Series: Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 3
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sargent (Porter),Publisher,U.S.; Later Edition Used edition (November 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875580726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875580722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What methods underly successful nonviolent action? What types of response is nonviolent action likely to provoke from powerholders, and what methods exist to blunt these attacks? How can solidarity among social movements be facilitated? Perhaps most fundamentally, what does nonviolence say about what it means to have and exert power?

Gene Sharp's third volume in the landmark nonviolence theory study, "Politics of Nonviolent Action," explores these fundamental questions to nonviolence theory, sociology and political science. Most notably, Sharp explores his idea of nonviolent action as "political jiu-jitsu," writing that "the nonviolent actionists cause the violence of the opponent's repression to be exposed in the worst possible light. This in turn may lead to shifts in opinion and then to shifts in power relationships favorable to the nonviolent group." (657)

Sharp finishes this volume exploring the different types of outcomes possible after nonviolent action -- what "victory" might look like. Drawing on previous conceptions of power as socially enacted (see Arendt and Foucault) Sharp lends credence to nonviolence as an effective method for building long-term democratic power and social change.
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This book is a must-have for anyone willing to study nonviolent resistance techniques even for repressive regimes. I recommend it.
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By Saksovuthy Say on March 4, 2014
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I'm a student of whom want to follow the path of that type of author person. This book brought the insightful knowledge.
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By Dennis2468 on March 16, 2011
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I'm glad I bought this book which is the third of a series of three, as well as another title by this author.

But BEWARE: This book is UNDER $20 NEW from sources that can be easily found. Don't be ripped off by paying forty, eighty, or hundreds of dollars for any book in this series.
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