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Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 3) Later Edition Used Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0875580722
ISBN-10: 0875580726
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Notes inside front cover: "The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action examines the complex operation of this technique against a violent, repressive opponent. Ground work which may precede the struggle is explored, as well as basic requirements for effectives. Then the focus turns to the initial impact of the nonviolent challenge. Repression is probable. Determined, yet nonviolent, continued resistance is needed to fight it. The opponent's repression may rebound by 'political jiu-jitsu', weakening his power by loss of support and increased resistance. Three main mechanisms by which nonviolent action may produce vitory are examined: conversion (the rarest), accomodation, and nonviolent coercion. Massive noncooperation may paralyze and disintegrate even an oppressive system. All these elements of the dynamics of nonviolent struggle are illustrated with examples. The resisting group itself is also changed: it gains in self-respect, confidence and power. Empowerment of the struggle group, the accompanying strengthening of the non-State institutions, ability to defeat repressive elites, and the extension among the populace of a nonviolent struggle capacity, contribute to long-term social changes by redistributing power."

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Product Details

  • 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: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,890 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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By Amazon Customer 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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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 RICARDO on February 7, 2015
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HE FAILS TO MENTION THAT THE LEADER MUST BE FOLLOWED FOR THE PROTOCAL TO WORK.
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