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

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Overview

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: 9781568585703
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 197,720
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)

About the Author

Mark Engler, a writer based in Philadelphia, is an editorial board member at Dissent, a contributing editor at Yes! magazine, and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.

Paul Engler is founding director of the Center for the Working Poor, based in Los Angeles. He worked for more than a decade as an organizer in the immigrant rights, global justice, and labor movements.

Graham Halstead is a Brooklyn-based actor and voice artist. His voice work includes animation, commercials, and Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narration. His work in the theater includes performances in New York, regionally in Washington DC, and internationally in Edinburgh and London.

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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