Gandhi and Beyond : Nonviolence for a New Political Age

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-30

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Is there room for nonviolence in a time of conflict and mass violence exacerbated by economic crisis? Drawing on the legend and lessons of Gandhi, Cortright traces the history of nonviolent social activism through the twentieth century to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam era, and up to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza. Gandhi and Beyond offers a critical evaluation and refinement of Gandhi's message, laying the foundation for a renewed and deepened dedication to nonviolence as the universal path to social progress. In the second edition of this popular book, a new prologue and concluding chapter situate the message of nonviolence in recent events and document the effectiveness of nonviolent methods of political change. Cortright's poignant 'śLetter to a Palestinian Student'ť points toward a radical new strategy for achieving justice and peace in the Middle East. This book offers pathways of hope not only for a new American presidential administration but for the world.

Author Biography

David Cortright is president of the Fourth Freedom Forum and a professor at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His several books include Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas (Cambridge 2008), a new edition of Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance during the Vietnam War (Haymarket Books 2005), and A Peaceful Superpower: The Movement against War in Iraq (Fourth Freedom Forum 2004).

Table of Contents

List of Photographsp. ix
Prologuep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Grasping Gandhip. 9
Hindu Rootsp. 11
Christian Influencesp. 12
Truth Is Godp. 14
Means and Endsp. 17
Action for Truthp. 18
Learning from the Suffragistsp. 20
Politics and Sainthoodp. 21
An Aversion to Coercionp. 25
Sacrifice and Strengthp. 28
Couragep. 30
Highlights of Gandhi's Lifep. 35
Gandhi USAp. 37
Early Impressionsp. 37
Cross-fertilizationsp. 41
A Tool for Social Justicep. 44
The Struggle for Peacep. 47
Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Gandhip. 53
Gandhi's Examplep. 53
Christian Rootsp. 55
Toward a "Realistic Pacifism"p. 59
The Power of Lovep. 60
Divine Inspirationp. 62
Sacrificep. 65
Learning by Doingp. 66
Applied Gandhianismp. 69
Gandhi in the Fieldsp. 73
Originsp. 74
Learning Gandhip. 76
La Huelgap. 79
Boycotting Grapes and Lettucep. 81
The Boycott: A Powerful Instrumentp. 85
Fastingp. 91
Dorothy Day: A Mission of Lovep. 97
Conversionp. 98
The Catholic Workerp. 102
A Gandhian Faithp. 104
A Peace Devotionp. 107
The Power of Nonviolencep. 111
Challenges to Nonviolencep. 115
Barbara Deming and Revolutionary Nonviolencep. 116
Coercionp. 121
Property Damagep. 123
The Two Handsp. 126
Creative Energyp. 128
The Third-Party Effectp. 130
The "Great Chain of Nonviolence"p. 134
Learning Lessonsp. 137
A Tale of Two Citiesp. 137
Project "C"p. 140
The Success of the Unruly?p. 144
Nonviolence and the Global Justice Movementp. 146
Polite Rebelsp. 152
Toward the Mainstreamp. 153
Winning While Losingp. 156
Iraq: The Continuing Strugglep. 159
Gender Mattersp. 163
Of Love and Lustp. 166
Elevating Womenp. 168
Less Than Equalp. 170
The Nature of Womenp. 173
Battling Sexualityp. 174
The "Sacrifice"p. 176
"Fleshly Faults"p. 180
Overcoming Sexismp. 183
Nonviolence and Feminismp. 186
Principles of Actionp. 191
Understanding Powerp. 191
Organizational Strengthp. 193
Internet Organizingp. 195
Clarifying Goalsp. 196
Financing Changep. 199
The Power of the Mediap. 201
Evaluating Tacticsp. 204
Alinsky's Rulesp. 207
Nonviolence: The Constructive Alternative to Terrorismp. 211
Means of Changep. 215
What Is Success?p. 217
The Long Haulp. 219
A Higher Powerp. 223
A Record of Successp. 224
Reversal in the Ranksp. 226
Nonviolence and Democracyp. 229
Against the Oddsp. 230
Letter to a Palestinian Studentp. 232
Notesp. 241
Indexp. 275
About the Authorp. 287
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