Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire

Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire

by Sean Chabot

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Overview

How did African Americans gain the ability to apply Gandhian nonviolence during the civil rights movement? Responses generally focus on Martin Luther King's "pilgrimage to nonviolence" or favorable social contexts and processes. This book, in contrast, highlights the role of collective learning in the Gandhian repertoire's transnational diffusion. Collective learning shaped the invention of the Gandhian repertoire in South Africa and India as well as its transnational diffusion to the United States. In the 1920s, African Americans and their allies responded to Gandhi's ideas and practices by reproducing stereotypes. Meaningful collective learning started with translation of the Gandhian repertoire in the 1930s and small-scale experimentation in the early 1940s. After surviving the doldrums of the McCarthy era, full implementation of the Gandhian repertoire finally occurred during the civil rights movement between 1955 and 1965. This book goes beyond existing scholarship by contributing deeper and finer insights on how transnational diffusion between social movements actually works. It highlights the contemporary relevance of Gandhian nonviolence and its successful journey across borders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739186015
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/24/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sean Chabot is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Eastern Washington University.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction
CHAPTER 2: Invention of the Gandhian Repertoire
CHAPTER 3: Initial Perception of Gandhi
CHAPTER 4: Translation of the Gandhian Repertoire
CHAPTER 5: Experimentation with the Gandhian Repertoire
CHAPTER 6: Survival in the Doldrums
CHAPTER 7: Full Implementation of the Gandhian Repertoire
CHAPTER 8: From Heyday to Decline
CHAPTER 9: Conclusion

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