This Is An Uprising

This Is An Uprising

How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2016?
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There is a craft to uprising--and this craft can change the world

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.

Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to truly understand how social transformation happens.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2016?]
ISBN: 9781568587332
Characteristics: xix, 343 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 21, 2018

@StarGladiator - Might be worthwhile to read some Erica Chenoweth...

Dec 15, 2015

Have to agree with the British author I recently reviewed who called the // Arab Spring \\ a major misnomer, as it appears to be biz as usual! The authors appear to be either strident fluff-heads, or optimists who have OD'd wishful thinking! Short of massive violence and bloodshed, the way of nonviolence is what the elites so desire so they can continue to control - - after JFK was knocked off, LBJ's administration ended the speculation tax [in effect since 1914] and allowed for the amendment to the Banking Act to insure American banks could own foreign banks, thus bringing in the Golden Age of the Global Banking Cartel.


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