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Social Movements, Nonviolent Resistance, and the State

Edited By

Hank Johnston

ISBN 9780367581923
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

This volume probes the intersections between the fields of social movements and nonviolent resistance. Bringing together a range of studies focusing on protest movements around the world, it explores the overlaps and divergences between the two research concentrations, considering the dimensions of nonviolent strategies in repressive states, the means of studying them, and conditions of success of nonviolent resistance in differing state systems. In setting a new research agenda, it will appeal to scholars in sociology and political science who study social movements and nonviolent protest.

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1. Analyzing Social Movements, Nonviolent Resistance, and the State (Hank Johnston)

Part I: Nonviolence and Social Movements: Elaborations

2. Performative Power in Nonviolent Tactical Adaptation to Violence: Evidence from U.S. Civil Rights Movement Campaigns (Larry W. Isaac)

3. Asserting Land Rights: Rural Land Struggles in India and Brazil (Kurt Schock)

4. Defections or Disobedience? Assessing the Consequences of Security Force Collaboration or Disengagement in Nonviolent Movements (Sharon Erickson Nepstad)

5. Protest Waves and Authoritarian Regimes: Repression and Protest Outcomes (James Franklin)

6. Bound by the Red Lines? The Perils and Promises of Moderate Mobilization under Authoritarianism (Dana M. Moss)

Part II: Nonviolence and Social Movements: Engagements

7. How the Effectiveness of Nonviolent Action is the Wrong Question for Activists, Academics, and Everyone Else (David S. Meyer)

8. Three Common Objections to the Study of Nonviolent Resistance (Erica Chenoweth)

9. The Missing Unarmed Revolution: Why Civil Resistance Did Not Work in Bahrain (Daniel P. Ritter)

10. Riots as Civil Resistance? Rethinking the Dynamics of Nonviolent Struggle (Benjamin S. Case)

11. Authoritarianism, Nonviolent Activism, and Egypt's Kefaya Movement (Killian Clarke)


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Hank Johnston is Professor of Sociology and Hansen Chair of Peace and Nonviolence Studies at San Diego State University, USA. He is the author of What Is a Social Movement? and States and Social Movements, the co-editor of Violent Protest, Contentious Politics, and the Neoliberal State, and the editor of Culture, Social Movements and Protest.