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Struggling with (Non)violence

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Ignoring the complexity of what constitutes violence is where the (non)violent thought and praxis represented by white, liberal Christians in the United States falls short. In this book, twelve scholar-activist interviewees share perspectives and effective practices that destabilize traditional rationalizations of violence, including those from the institutions and practices of a dominant Christian theology.

The author calls on communities committed to (non)violence to invest in a model for social change which

  1. roots itself in contextual, historical analysis;
  2. includes other-than-human lives as necessary partners
  3. values practices that dismantle violence over theological abstractions
  4. emphasizes creative communities of active, counter-cultural resistance over individualism
  5. experiments with diverse, disruptive tactics; and
  6. urges a self-critical solidarity that welcomes differences regarding various means of social change.

The Interviewees are:

  • Rita “Bo” Brown (B♀)
  • Ward Churchill
  • John Dear
  • Vincent Harding
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Derrick Jensen
  • Kathy Kelly
  • Alice Lynd
  • Staughton Lynd
  • Katherine Power
  • Sarah Schulman
  • Akinyele Umoja

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