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[book cover] Strategic Nonviolent Power

Mark A. Mattaini

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October 2013

9781927356418 (Paperback)
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Global Peace Studies

Peace Studies / Political & International Studies / Sociology



About the Book

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 is a unique and important contribution to a field that is flourishing in the current global milieu. Mattaini demonstrates a sweeping knowledge of the field of resistance studies as well as systems theory. I don’t know of another study that does what this one does—apply a new theoretical framework to nonviolent resistance, synthesize existing material, and provide numerous illuminating examples from history—in a single book.”—Erica Chenoweth, author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict


About the Authors

Mark A. Mattaini is associate professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Editor of the scientific journal Behavior and Social Issues, he is the author or editor of ten books, including PEACE POWER for Adolescents: Strategies for a Culture of Nonviolence (NASW Press) and Finding Solutions to Social Problems: Behavioral Strategies for Change (American Psychological Association). Mattaini is the principal developer of the behavior analytic PEACE POWER strategy, which has been presented and implemented in at least twelve American states, as well as two Canadian provinces, and was recently introduced in a UNESCO-funded project in Brazil.



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DownloadPART ONE. Understanding Nonviolent Power

Download1. Nonviolent Power

Download2. Strategic Nonviolent Resistance

Download3. Behavioural Science Principles for Nonviolent Strategy

Download4. Behavioural Systems Science and Nonviolent Struggle

Download5. Sustaining Resistance Movements: Solidarity, Discipline, and Courage

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download6. Organization and Leadership in Resistance Movements

DownloadPART TWO. Strategic Options

Download7. Constructive Noncooperation

Download8. Nonviolent Persuasion and Protest

Download9. Disruptive Noncooperation

Download10. Resource Disruption and Retaliation

Download11. Toward “Undreamt of” Discoveries