The Lessons of Nonviolence

Theory and Practice in a World of Conflict

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About the Book

Beginning back in the waning days of the Civil Rights movement, through the objection to the war in Vietnam, and on to the current global peace movement, this is a personal and professional account offered for the reader curious about whether and how nonviolence works. Topics include Gandhian nonviolence, radical disarmament, war poverty and peace prosperity and movement-building.

About the Author(s)

Tom H. Hastings teaches in the graduate program of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.

Bibliographic Details

Tom H. Hastings
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: notes, references, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2773-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0845-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kathy Kelly      1

Preface and Acknowledgments      5

Acronyms, Initialisms, Abbreviations      9

Part One: Introduction; or, The Value of Stories      11

1. Stories and Conflict Management      17

2. Master Narrative Versus Justice in the Margins      22

3. Theories of Nonviolent Power      30

Part Two: Civil Rights and Sequelae; or, An Expanded Movement      37

4. Expanding the Movement      45

5. Nonviolence and Long Term Success      48

6. Treaty Rights      53

Part Three: Gandhian Nonviolence; or, Industrialized War Meets Mass Liberatory Nonviolence      61

7. Blood, Oil and Nonviolence      77

8. Philippines, Timing and Training      81

9. Modern Buddhism and Gandhian Nonviolence      83

Part Four: Radical Disarmament; or, Plowshares-Style      87

10. The Nonviolence Just Conflict Doctrine      100

11. When Officials Fail Long Enough      103

12. Peace Journalism Prepares Society      106

Part Five: Eroding the War Machine; or, Boycotting War      111

13. Who Will Pay to Kill Kids?      112

14. Sanctions, Boycotts and Results      124

15. Not My Body      128

Part Six: War Poverty and Peace Prosperity; or, Living Large or Living in the Little Way      137

16. Potpourri or Popery? Catholic Worker Movement      140

17. Divide and Rule: War on the Poor      154

18. Buddhist Lifeways and Economies      158

Part Seven: Movement-Building; or, The Portland Story      161

19. Arts and Crafts of Organizing      162

20. A Permanent Movement      173

21. Lessons Learned      177

Part Eight: Teaching, Learning and Conclusions; or, Reflection Breeds Better Action      187

22. Gandhi Was Right: Experiments in Truth      189

23. Challenges to Nonviolence      209

24. Hope in the End      211

Index      215