Civil Disobedience

Thoreau, whose contributions to the discussion of civil disobedience continue to exercise considerable influence over the subject. By contrast, some have suggested that the apparent lack of writing on the subject of civil disobedience ...

Civil Disobedience

What role might civil disobedience play in the politics of representative democracies as power 'leaks' from the nation state? If traditional politics has surrendered to the interests of global corporations what are the consequences? Quill proposes a reappraisal of civil disobedience and civil obedience in order to address these and other questions.

Civil Disobedience

It may then be in the interests of the activists concerned to claim that “our action was civil disobedience” rather than claiming only that “this action was effective and direct.” There is a sense in which this latter point goes to the ...

Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is a form of protest with a special standing with regards to the law that sets it apart from political violence. Such principled law-breaking has been witnessed in recent years over climate change, economic strife, and the treatment of animals. Civil disobedience is examined here in the context of contemporary political activism, in the light of classic accounts by Thoreau, Tolstoy, and Gandhi to call for a broader attitude towards what civil disobedience involves. The question of violence is discussed, arguing that civil disobedience need only be aspirationally non-violent and that although some protests do not clearly constitute law-breaking they may render people liable to arrest. For example, while there may not be violence against persons, there may be property damage, as seen in raids upon animal laboratories. Such forms of militancy raise ethical and legal questions. Arguing for a less restrictive theory of civil disobedience, the book will be a valuable resource for anyone studying social movements and issues of political philosophy, social justice, and global ethics.

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Most famously, both Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. drew on "Civil Disobedience" in planning their successful nonviolent campaigns against injustice. The countercultural movements of the 1960s claimed Walden as a literal prescription ...

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Naturalist and philosopher Thoreau's timeless essays on the role of humanity -- in the world of nature, and in society and government.

Civil Disobedience in Islam

Civil Disobedience Is a Deliberate Political Act To be recognised as civil disobedience, the act must be committed with the intention to disobey an authority, and also to convey a certain message.42 Thus, a person who is accidentally ...

Civil Disobedience in Islam

This book addresses contemporary debates on civil disobedience in Islam within the rich Sunni tradition, especially during the height of the non‐violent people revolution in various Arab countries, popularly known as the Arab Spring. It illustrates the Islamic theological and jurisprudential arguments presented by those who either permit or prohibit acts of civil disobedience for the purpose of changing government, political systems or policy. The book analyses the nature of the debate and considers how a theological position on civil disobedience should be formulated in contemporary time, and makes the case for alternatives to violent political action such as jihadism, terrorism and armed rebellion.

Disobedience in Western Political Thought

Contents Foreword by Adam Sitze Introduction 1 Before Disobedience: Antiquity and the Middle Ages 1.1. The Tragedy and Mockery of Greek Disobedience 1.2. Disobeying in Concordia 1.3. Horror Vacui: At the Origins of the Christian ...

Disobedience in Western Political Thought

The global age is distinguished by disobedience, from the protests in Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the anti-G8 and anti-WTO demonstrations. In this book, Raffaele Laudani offers a systematic review of how disobedience has been conceptualised, supported, and criticised throughout history. Laudani documents the appearance of 'disobedience' in the political lexicon from ancient times to the present, and explains the word's manifestations, showing how its semantic wealth transcended its liberal interpretations in the 1960s and 1970s. Disobedience, Laudani finds, is not merely an alternative to revolution and rebellion, but a different way of conceiving radical politics, one based on withdrawal of consent and defection in relation to the established order.

Intelligent Disobedience

Teach both necessary obedience and appropriate disobedience. Teach when. Teach how. Today, in nursing education programs we can be comforted knowing that nurses are given examples of situations in which they are required to query an ...

Intelligent Disobedience

Torture in Abu Ghraib prison. Corporate fraud. Falsified records at Veterans Administration hospitals. Teachers pressured to feed test answers to students. These scandals could have been prevented if, early on, people had said no to their higher-ups. Ira Chaleff discusses when and how to disobey inappropriate orders, reduce unacceptable risk, and find better ways to achieve legitimate goals. He delves into the psychological dynamics of obedience, drawing in particular on what Stanley Milgram's seminal Yale experiments-in which volunteers were induced to administer shocks to innocent people-teach us about how to reduce compliance with harmful orders. Using vivid examples of historical events and everyday situations, he offers advice on judging whether intelligent disobedience is called for, how to express opposition, and how to create a culture where citizens are educated and encouraged to think about whether orders make sense. --

Civil Disobedience

Organized boycotting has often accompanied later campaigns of civil disobedience. And mobilized defiance of laws carried outwith “perfectsubmission” to government certainly bears some ofthe contradictoriness of laterexpressions of civil ...

Civil Disobedience

The distinctive American tradition of civil disobedience stretches back to pre-Revolutionary War days and has served the purposes of determined protesters ever since. This stimulating book examines the causes that have inspired civil disobedience, the justifications used to defend it, disagreements among its practitioners, and the controversies it has aroused at every turn. Tracing the origins of the notion of civil disobedience to eighteenth-century evangelicalism and republicanism, Lewis Perry discusses how the tradition took shape in the actions of black and white abolitionists and antiwar protesters in the decades leading to the Civil War, then found new expression in post-Civil War campaigns for women's equality, temperance, and labor reform. Gaining new strength and clarity from explorations of Thoreau's essays and Gandhi's teachings, the tradition persisted through World War II, grew stronger during the decades of civil rights protest and antiwar struggles, and has been adopted more recently by anti-abortion groups, advocates of same-sex marriage, opponents of nuclear power, and many others. Perry clarifies some of the central implications of civil disobedience that have become blurred in recent times--nonviolence, respect for law, commitment to democratic processes--and throughout the book highlights the dilemmas faced by those who choose to violate laws in the name of a higher morality.

Uncivil Disobedience

GOING NEGATIVE It is important to say a few words about why examining this negative example of uncivil disobedience is a worthy enterprise. Why look at when things go wrong with democratic ideas and action, as opposed to when they go ...

Uncivil Disobedience

Uncivil Disobedience examines the roles violence and terrorism have played in the exercise of democratic ideals in America. Jennet Kirkpatrick explores how crowds, rallying behind the principle of popular sovereignty and desiring to make law conform to justice, can disdain law and engage in violence. She exposes the hazards of democracy that arise when citizens seek to control government directly, and demonstrates the importance of laws and institutions as limitations on the will of the people. Kirkpatrick looks at some of the most explosive instances of uncivil disobedience in American history: the contemporary militia movement, Southern lynch mobs, frontier vigilantism, and militant abolitionism. She argues that the groups behind these violent episodes are often motivated by admirable democratic ideas of popular power and autonomy. Kirkpatrick shows how, in this respect, they are not so unlike the much-admired adherents of nonviolent civil disobedience, yet she reveals how those who engage in violent disobedience use these admirable democratic principles as a justification for terrorism and killing. She uses a "bottom-up" analysis of events to explain how this transformation takes place, paying close attention to what members of these groups do and how they think about the relationship between citizens and the law. Uncivil Disobedience calls for a new vision of liberal democracy where the rule of the people and the rule of law are recognized as fundamental ideals, and where neither is triumphant or transcendent.

Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy

The third, and perhaps most important, feature of this mode of protest is the moral dialogue with authorities that citizens trigger by engaging in civil disobedience. This protest poses a challenge, in that authorities must decide ...

Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy

Civil disobedience is a public, nonviolent, conscientious yet political act, contrary to law, carried out to communicate opposition to law and policy of government. This book presents a theory of civil disobedience that draws on ideas associated with deliberative democracy. This book explores the ethics of civil disobedience in democratic societies. It revisits the theoretical literature on civil disobedience with a view to taking a fresh look at long-standing questions: When is civil disobedience a justified method of political protest? What role, if any, does it play in democratic politics? Is there a moral right to civil disobedience in a democratic society? And how should a democratic state respond to citizens who commit civil disobedience? The answers given to these questions add up to a coherent and distinctive theory of civil disobedience, which draws on ideas associated with deliberative democracy to forge an account that improves upon prominent approaches to this subject. Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary political theory, political science, democratization studies, social movement studies, criminology, legal theory and moral philosophy.

Civil Disobedience in Global Perspective

By joining in the domestic disobedience campaign of American transgender activists, they might see themselves as providing some added impetus to its goal of overcoming deliberative inertia concerning transgender rights in the US.

Civil Disobedience in Global Perspective

This book explores a hitherto unexamined possibility of justifiable disobedience opened up by John Rawls’ Law of Peoples. This is the possibility of disobedience justified by appeal to standards of decency that are shared by peoples who do not otherwise share commitments to the same principles of justice, and whose societies are organized according to very different basic social institutions. Justified by appeal to shared decency standards, disobedience by diverse state and non-state actors indeed challenge injustices in the international system of states. The book considers three case studies: disobedience by the undocumented, disobedient challenges to global economic inequities, and the disobedient disclosure of government secrets. It proposes a substantial analytical redefinition of civil disobedience in a global perspective, identifying the creation of global solidarity relations as its goal. Michael Allen breaks new ground in our understanding of global justice. Traditional views, such as those of Rawls, see justice as a matter of recognizing the moral status of all free and equal person as citizens in a state. Allen argues that this fails to see things from the global perspective. From this perspective disobedience is not merely a matter of social cooperation. Rather, it is a matter of self determination that guarantees the invulnerability of different types of persons and peoples to domination. This makes the disobedience by the undocumented justified, based on the idea that all persons are moral equals, so that all sovereign peoples need to reject dominating forms of social organization for all persons, and not just their own citizens. In an age of mass movements of people, Allen gives us a strong reason to change our practices in treating the undocumented. James Bohman, St Louis University, Danforth Chair in the Humanities This monograph is an important contribution to our thinking on civil disobedience and practices of dissent in a globalized world. This is an era where non-violent social movements have had a significant role in challenging the abuse of power in contexts as diverse, yet interrelated as the Arab Spring protests and the Occupy protests. Moreover, while protests such as these speak to a local political horizon, they also have a global footprint, catalyzing a transnational dialogue about global justice, political strategy and cosmopolitan solidarity. Speaking directly to such complexities, Allen makes a compelling case for a global perspective regarding civil disobedience. Anyone interested in how the dynamics of non-violent protest have shaped and reshaped the landscape for democratic engagement in a globalized world will find this book rewarding and insightful. Vasuki Nesiah, New York University

Art Disobedience and Ethics

In between the categories and frameworks of knowledge and virtue new worlds of disobedience begin to emerge beyond the raging paragons, beyond the human. DISOBEDIENCE AS AN EVENT In Chap. 8, disobedience was viewed as indissoluble from ...

Art  Disobedience  and Ethics

This book explores art practice and learning as processes that break new ground, through which new perceptions of self and world emerge. Examining art practice in educational settings where emphasis is placed upon a pragmatics of the ‘suddenly possible’, Atkinson looks at the issues of ethics, aesthetics, and politics of learning and teaching. These learning encounters drive students beyond the security of established patterns of learning into new and modified modes of thinking, feeling, seeing, and making.

Essays on Civil Disobedience

MAHATMA GANDHI Limitations of Satyagraha (1927) Gandhi describes civil disobedience as a subset of Satyagraha (“All Civil Disobedience is a part or branch of Satyagraha, but all Satyagraha is not Civil Disobedience”), and then offers a ...

Essays on Civil Disobedience

Inexpensive but substantial, this anthology ranges from Henry David Thoreau's great nineteenth-century polemics "Civil Disobedience" and "Slavery in Massachusetts" to more recent writings by Aung San Suu Kyi as well as Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the subversive Russian rock group Pussy Riot. Additional selections include Leo Tolstoy's denouncement of capital punishment, "I Cannot Be Silent"; Bertrand Russell's "Civil Disobedience and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare"; and "Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience" and "Letter from Birmingham City Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. Other contributors include William Lloyd Garrison, Albert Einstein, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Editor Bob Blaisdell provides an informative Introduction.

The Cost of Disobedience

Don't Let Disobedience Steal Your Promise Keisha Dream. and a day be in hell, and eternally separated from God. If the enemy would have obeyed God, and did what God instructed him to do, then he would not have committed such sinful acts ...

The Cost of Disobedience

The Cost of Disobedience, is designed to give us an understanding about how God feels about his instructions, and how important it is for us to obey them. However, this topic is a sensitive subject to talk about, and is directed to every human being, especially those who believe and has a relationship with the Lord Almighty. This subject is sensitive because we can't blame or look to anybody but ourselves in regards to our choices. No one can obey God for us, it is something we have to do deal with individually. It is also the very thing that we can hide from other's and appear as if we are pleasing God completely. None of us want to hear that we are being disobedient to anything, and or anybody especially God. However, obeying God is something we need to hear and be reminded to do, since disobedience appears as a silent blessing stealer; and is the core reason why so many of us have not received our promises, even though we are doing a lot of things God has instructed us to do as believers. Remember obedience is better than sacrifice. This book is not designed to condemn us but to give us knowledge about God, and truth about the consequences of our disobedience towards God. God wants us to walk away after reading this book with a strong desire and drive to obey him, so we can receive everything he has promised. God said if we love him, then we should follow his commands. So obeying God is even an act of worship and reverence to God. It shows God, and proves to ourselves that we truly love him. God wants us to always know that he loves us, he is our father, and anything he ask of us is for our benefit. God not only instructs us, but he helps us, we don't have to do it alone, and apart frm God we won't beable to obey him, and be the person he has designed us to be.

Civil Disobedience An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States

At the cost of dog maulings, assault, cellblock torture, and murder, civil disobedience and jailing brought protesters access to the media. Manipulating the camera to call attention to police brutality, the Chicago Seven cavorted about ...

Civil Disobedience  An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States

Throughout American history, people with strong beliefs that ran counter to society's rules and laws have used civil disobedience to advance their causes. From the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to the Pullman Strike in 1894, to the draft card burnings and sit-ins of more recent times, civil disobedience has been a powerful force for effecting change in American society.This comprehensive A-Z encyclopedia provides a wealth of information on people, places, actions, and events that defied the law to focus attention on an issue or cause. It covers the causes and actions of activists across the political spectrum from colonial times to the present, and includes political, social economic, environmental, and a myriad of other issues."Civil Disobedience" ties into all aspects of the American history curriculum, and is a rich source of material for essays and debates on critical issues and events that continue to influence our nation's laws and values. It explores the philosophies, themes, concepts, and practices of activist groups and individuals, as well as the legislation they influenced. It includes a detailed chronology of civil disobedience, listings of acts of conscience and civil disobedience by act and by location, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a comprehensive index complete the set.

The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau s Civil Disobedience

disobedience ̄ himself. The currenttitle was givento the document when it was posthumously published inacollection ofhis work in 1866, fouryears after his death. When Thoreau first presented the lecture that would become the essay, ...

The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau s Civil Disobedience

Since its publication in 1849, Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience has influenced protestors, activists and political thinkers all over the world. Including the full text of Thoreau’s essay, The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience explores the context of his writing, analyses different interpretations of the text and considers how posthumous edits to Civil Disobedience have altered its intended meaning. It introduces the reader to: the context of Thoreau’s work and the background to his writing the significance of the references and allusions the contemporary reception of Thoreau’s essay the ongoing relevance of the work and a discussion of different perspectives on the work. Providing a detailed analysis which closely examines Thoreau’s original work, this is an essential introduction for students of politics, philosophy and history, and all those seeking a full appreciation of this classic work.

Civil Disobedience in America

one particular statute compels their disobedience, the authority of secular law in general remains intact and binding. "Where duty to God and man required us to refuse active obedience to such enactments,” Whittier said, ...

Civil Disobedience in America


CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE a Legal Handbook for Activists

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: a legal handbook for activists This handbook was produced by The Environmental Law Centre IMPORTANT INFORMATION – READ THIS FIRST This handbook has been researched, written and produced by the Environmental Law ...

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE  a Legal Handbook for Activists


Healing the Culture of Disobedience

My question is, is civil disobedience morally justified, and if so, what are the conditions? Before stepping into issue, let us have an idea of what civil disobedience is. It is the refusal to obey government demands or commands and ...

Healing the Culture of Disobedience

This monograph written by Steve Chukwuemeka Aribe captioned Healing the Culture of disobedience- a theological Insight, buttresses the serious and inherit misbalances expressed and realized in human culture. But offers a liberating culture. Given and demonstrated in Christ - who gave absolute obedience to his Father; thereby opening a theological door of blessing and salvation to humanity in the recovery of obedience. We understand obedience in Jesus as faithful until the end to himself and plan of the Father that is one family, all brothers and sisters. I highly recommend it for all. Fr. Luigi Zanotto. MCCJ Pastor - St Lucy Church, Newark NJ. This is truly a brilliant book that has gone in depth of theological knowledge and insight in modern ways of understanding our faith that transcends structure and religion in a given culture. I strongly recommend it for all, Victor C. Udekwu, MD. Department of Neurosurgery Brigham Womens / Children Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School.

Civil Disobedience in Antiquity

... in which disobedience is committed, 1–2 of children's disobedience, 43–52 censorship, 72 child-killers, 96 children appeal to love, 52 background to disobedience, 4I-3 causes of, 43–52 city as parent, 76, 78 civil disobedience of, ...

Civil Disobedience in Antiquity

This book derives from the Messenger Lectures at Cornell. In it Daube provides a synoptic view of nonviolent civil disobedience in the Ancient World. His learning lets him draw freely on Greek and Roman sources--theological, legal historical, literary, dramatic, and popular. From these he shows that there is hardly a variety of civil disobedience known today which is not anticipated in some form or another by the ancients. Is this book more than an entertaining exercise of scholarship? Professor Daube writes, "To speak through historical figures is sometimes wiser than to declare in one's own name. The word 'person' originally means a mask . . . Civil disobedience can at all times profitably avail itself of persons."

Understanding Thoreau s Civil Disobedience

[Civil disobedience] Understanding Thoreau's “Civil disobedience” / Andrew Kirk. p. cm.—(Words that changed the world) Originally published: Civil disobedience. New York: Barrons, 2004. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Understanding Thoreau s  Civil Disobedience

Provides background information on the circumstances that led to the writing of Thoreau's noteworthy work, and discusses its style and literary merit, its effectiveness at the time, and its subsquent influence.