An Introduction to Nonviolence Author:Pat Patfoort Mass demonstrations, negotiations, actions, petitions, ...: We want peace. We have had enough of the nuclear danger hanging above our heads. In the past we have considered war and violence as acceptable ways for defending and protecting ourselves, but now that it is clear to us what those may bring, we begin to question them. The problem is that... more » we don't really know how to replace them.
We may have already heard about the alternative of nonviolence. But in spite of the sympathetic and human quality of the concept, many of us still think it is reserved for dreamers and idealists. It does not seem to be a serious and thoughtful alternative that would meet our security and peace concerns.
For Pat Patfoort, the reason for that is a lack of clarity of the term "nonviolence". In this book she presents a conceptual framework which should permit us to better understand what nonviolence is. She shows how this approach can be applied at both the individual and societal level and gives concrete examples of how to put it into practice.
This book is a basic work for all those who want to build peace, not only by eliminating existing violent structures, but also by replacing them with positive ones.« less