Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories

By: Heather Eaton (editor), Lauren Levesque (editor)Paperback

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Nonviolence is emerging as a topic of great interest in activist, academic and community settings. In particular, nonviolence is being recognized as a necessary component of constructive and sustainable social change. This book considers nonviolence in relationship to specific social, political, ecological and spiritual issues. Through case studies and examinations of social resistance, gender, the arts, and education, it provides specialists and non-specialists with a solid introduction to the importance and relevance of nonviolence in various contexts.Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation is organized into five sections. The first section is a set of essays on various historical and contemporary perspectives on nonviolence. The second section consists of essays on philosophical and theoretical explorations of the topic. The third and fourth sections expand the scope of nonviolence into the areas of thought and action, including Indigenous resistance, student protests, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and ecological issues. The final section takes nonviolence into the study of wonder, music, education and hope.The book will be useful to anyone working in the theories and practices of social change.

About Author

Heather Eaton is a Full Professor in the Conflict Studies Program at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Lauren Michelle Levesque is a sessional Lecturer at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.


Foreword Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party Canada1. Current Trends and New Perspectives on Nonviolent TheoriesHeather EatonPart I Historical Perspectives2. Religion and NonviolenceChristopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University3. The Gandhian Vision of DemocracyRamin Jahanbegloo, York University, Canada4. Power Perfected in Weakness: he Paradox of Fighting for PeaceAlain Tschudin, Durbin University of Technology5. Conviction, Courage and Social Change: A Brief History of the Power of Nonviolence in CanadaTamara Lorincz, Dalhousie University6. Gandhi in Action: Nonviolent Movements, Gandhi and Contemporary ChallengesRajagopal P.V., Nonviolence Leader, IndiaPart II Philosophical and Theoretical Considerations7. Violence and Politics: A Reading of Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Violence and PowerSophie Cloutier, Saint Paul University, Canada8. Victory: A Vacuous Concept?Richard Feist, Saint Paul University, Canada9. Reflecting on Gandhian Nonviolence: Is it a Counsel of Perfection for Religious Virtuosi?Noel A. Salmond, Carleton University10. No to War and Yes to So Much More: Pope Francis, Principled Nonviolence and Positive PeaceChristopher Hrynkow, University of SaskatchewanPart III Nonviolence and Social Resistance11. Indigenous VoicesCome My Way by Tara Williamson, #Idle No More in Historical Context by Glen Coulthard, The Idle No More Manifesto by Jessica Gordon and The Founders of Idle No More, Revolutionary Acts of Nonviolence Disempowers Opposition by Waneek Horn-Miller12. Sex, Gender and Nonviolent Resistance to Human Trafficking: An NGO's ResponseEileen Kerwin Jones, John Abbott College, Montreal13. Women Seeking Safety: Nonviolent Responses to Intimate Partner ViolenceCatherine Holtmann, University of New Brunswick14. Instrumentalizing the Ambiguity of Violence in the Carre Rouge: The Quebec Student Crisis of 2012Marie Boglari and Martin Samson, both at Saint Paul University, CanadaPart IV Nonviolence and Egocological Concerns15. Being in 'Rights' Relationship with Animals: Discussing the Foundational Importance of Political Visibility for Advancing Nonviolence towards AnimalsNathan Townend, Independent scholar16. Deep Green Violence: Our Animal Bodies as Sites of ResistanceTodd LeVasseur, College of Charleston, South Carolina17. Nurturing Peace by Subverting Violence in the Larger CommunityPaul Waldau, Canisius College, New YorkPart V Nonviolence and Future Direction18. Wondering about Wonder as an Antidote to our Violence against EarthSimon Appolloni, University of Toronto19. Music and Nonviolence: Reflections on Possibility and HopeLauren Michelle Levesque20. The Case for Child HonouringRaffi Cavoukian, Independent scholar21. Violence, Nonviolence, Anti-violence and Contra-violence in Environmental Education PracticeRichard Kool, Royal Roads University, Canada

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  • ISBN13: 9781781794722
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 380
  • ID: 9781781794722
  • weight: 581
  • ISBN10: 1781794723

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