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Toward a Credible Pacifism: Violence and the Possibilities of Politics Hardcover – Sep 24 2009
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One need not be an avid reader of Gandhi or Martin Luther King or even a political theorist to recognize the value of a book that rethinks both the power and effectiveness of violence and nonviolence this volume goes a long way toward illuminating the political possibilities of a credible pacifism. Perspectives on Politics
sheds a bright light on the amount of power it takes to support and maintain violence Furthermore, this book advances the conversation between advocates of nonviolence and its detractors in important ways Toward a Credible Pacifism makes a convincing case for credibly reintroducing the study of nonviolence into the security studies and political theory agendas. Peace Review
Dustin Ells Howes book is important and groundbreaking Howes has brilliantly achieved the promise of his subtitle. Against all expectations, he has stabilized the concept of human violence by establishing the causal link between its physical and intersubjective manifestations. Next, and perhaps more important, he has clarified the relationship between human violence and the possibilities of politics by clarifying the relationship between human violence and sociopolitical power. It is a stunning achievement. Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace
those interested in the nature and purposes of violence in politics will find much to admire in this wide-ranging and subtle work [Howes ] treatment of freedom, power, and causes and responses to human suffering illustrate the complexities of violence in the contemporary world. CHOICE"
About the Author
Dustin Ells Howes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University.