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

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

↏ Free leveled reading This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century ↕ Kindle Ebook Author Paul Engler ✹ An important analysis of nonviolent strategy Tina Rosenberg, New York TimesThorough and authoritativeBoth as a primer on the theory of nonviolent protest and as a practical guide to positive action, This Is An Uprising is an invaluable resource Peter Whittaker, New InternationalistA terrific survey of direct action strategies, bringing out many of the strengths and weaknesses of activist efforts to effect major change in the United States and around the world since well before the twenty first century It should be taught in every level of our schools David Swanson, Let s Try DemocracyEngler and Engler have distilled decades of complex and often discordant theories into an accessible guide to effective lasting civil resistance and organization building This is a book that is likely to be read and reread for years to come Shelf Awareness, Starred ReviewCompellingly readable and quite timely The authors deftly argue that organizers can define the terms of their own victory Matt Wasserman, The IndypendentI picked up This Is An Uprising , and within minutes I was engrossed The Englers argue, persuasively, that uprisings that use nonviolent confrontation have changed the world And they have done it with such passion, intensity, and page turning storytelling, that I had barely been able to put the book down Ellen Michaud, QuakerBooksAnyone who doubts that community organizing is a significant part of the social fabric will find such assumptions dispelled by this intriguing and illuminating overview BooklistI ve rarely seen movements described so intimately at their strategic turning points, supported with the comparative insights of scholars in the field Reading the gripping stories alone makes the book worthwhile George Lakey, Waging NonviolenceEspecially timely in the wake of protests across the United States, this book offers insight into how far we ve come as a country and how much further we have to go Library JournalA usefully organized, concise history of social movements that will appeal to newer generations of activists Kirkus ReviewsStrategic nonviolent action has reasserted itself as a potent force in shaping public debate and forcing political change Whether it is an explosive surge of protest calling for racial justice in the United States, a demand for democratic reform in Hong Kong or Mexico, a wave of uprisings against dictatorship in the Middle East, or a tent city on Wall Street that spreads throughout the country, when mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media portrays them as being as spontaneous and unpredictable In This is an Uprising, political analysts Mark and Paul Engler uncover the organization and well planned strategies behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest This is an Uprising traces the evolution of civil resistance, providing new insights into the contributions of early experimenters such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., groundbreaking theorists such as Gene Sharp and Frances Fox Piven, and contemporary practitioners who have toppled repressive regimes in countries such as South Africa, Serbia, and Egypt Drawing from discussions with activists now working to defend human rights, challenge corporate corruption, and combat climate change, the Englers show how people with few resources and little influence in conventional politics can nevertheless engineer momentous upheavals Although it continues to prove its importance in political life, the strategic use of nonviolent action is poorly understood Nonviolence is usually studied as a philosophy or moral code, rather than as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation This is an Uprising corrects this oversight It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, and if we decline to incorporate them into our view of how societies progress, then we pass up the chance to fully grasp a critical phenomenonand to harness its power to create lasting change. 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