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This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
     

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

by Mark Engler
 

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ISBN-10: 1568587333

ISBN-13: 2901568587331

Pub. Date: 02/09/2016

Publisher: PublicAffairs


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901568587331
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
02/09/2016
Pages:
368

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The Strategic Turn 1

Chapter 2 Structure and Movement 31

Chapter 3 The Hybrid 59

Chapter 4 The Pillars 87

Chapter 5 Declare Victory and Run 117

Chapter 6 The Act of Disruption 143

Chapter 7 The Whirlwind 171

Chapter 8 The Dividers 197

Chapter 9 The Discipline 225

Chapter 10 The Ecology of Change 251

Conclusion 281

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 289

Index 329

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