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Strategic Nonviolent Power: The Science of Satyagraha

Strategic Nonviolent Power: The Science of Satyagraha (Paperback)

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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


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.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismPressure groups & lobbyingHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesPeace studies & conflict resolutionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesViolence in society Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 31/10/2013 ISBN-13: 9781927356418  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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