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The Methods of Nonviolent Action
A detailed examination of 198 specific methods of the technique - illustrated with actual cases - within the broad classes of nonviolent protest and persuasion, non-cooperation (social, economic and political) and nonviolent intervention. This book examines revolutionary events including the American Revolution, through common sense and analysis.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Porter Sargent Publishers
(first published June 1973)
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I flipped through this at a friend's house and it is utterly ridiculous—a book like this can't pull punches if it aims to be any good. Sharp surveys nonviolent action in every conceivable form from relentless singing and parading, to chatting it up with the soldiers of an occupying power. Every form of action has a detailed example next to it (most seem to be citations of resistance to German and Soviet forces in the 20th century, my fave being the students that tied a suitcase to the arm of a s ...more
Mar 14, 2008 ivan rated it it was amazing
Gene Sharp's second volume in the landmark nonviolence theory study, "Politics of Nonviolent Action," outlines 198 types of nonviolent action, including historical examples, divided into seven sections: protest and persuasion, social noncooperation, economic boycotts, the strike, political noncooperation, and nonviolent intervention. A list of the 198 methods is available from Peace Magazine.
Jun 11, 2008 Shalom House added it
Recommended to Shalom House by: Peace Studies graduate program
This series takes the "idealism" of using nonviolent action for social change and resolution of conflicts and lays out how to do it. It gives strategy. It give analysis. It gives examples the world over.
Sharp was born in Ohio, the son of an itinerant Protestant minister. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 1949 from Ohio State University, where he also received his Master of Arts in Sociology in 1951. In 1953-54, Sharp was jailed for nine months after protesting the conscription of soldiers for the Korean War. In 1968, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in political theory from O ...more
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