The Complaints of Peace

Non-violence and the Critique of Modernity

by: Ryan Cheyney

The Complaints of Peace
Author: Ryan Cheyney

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd

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Publication date: 01 January 2099

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ISBN: 1848133294 ISBN 13: 9781848133297

The Complaints of Peace by Ryan Cheyney

Non-violence as a 'tradition' has been little understood. It is seen as just a political tactic, with no distinct political perspective of its own. This book addresses this problem by offering an overview of the non-violent tradition. It argues that non-violence, in both theory and practice, constitutes a critical response to modernity as a whole. Top page

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Radical non-violence is the most original form of politics to emerge in the 20th century - the only major form of politics whose principal proponents and practitioners have been predominately non-whites and women. Inspired by the anti-colonialism of Gandhi (himself inspired the suffragist movement in England), the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was the most important mass-based political movement in 20th century America. In turn, it inspired a host of mass movements throughout the world. Progressives of all stripes celebrate the champions of non-violence and their movements. Yet non-violence as a 'tradition' has been little understood. It is seen as just a political tactic, with no distinct political perspective of its own. The crucial links between its critique of war and its critique of other modern evils - like class, racism, and sexism - have not been appreciated or explored. "The Complaints of Peace" addresses this problem by providing a concise overview of the non-violent tradition, in doing so arguing that non-violence, in both theory and practice, constitutes a critical response to modernity as a whole. It raises fundamental questions about the central institutions of modernity, such as the state and capitalism, and challenges us to envision radically different forms of political and personal relations. Thus construed, it offers a radical and convincing alternative to the other major responses to modernity, such as liberalism, conservatism, and socialism. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Zed Books Ltd

City: London

Pages: 208

More info: height 216 mm width 138 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 303.66

Departments: Peace studies; Human rights;

Record updated at: 29 November, 2011 time: 04:51

Summary The Complaints of Peace 1. The Complaint of Peace - Introduction 2. The Complaint Against the Church 3. The Complaint Against the State 4. The Complaint Against Class 5. The Complaint Against Empire 6. The Complaint Against Racism 7. The Complaint Against Sexism 8. The Complaint Against Politics 9. Non-Violence and the Critique of Modernity Top page

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