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Civil action and the dynamics of violence

Author: Deborah D Avant; Marie M Berry; Erica Chenoweth
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many view civil wars as violent contests between armed combatants. But history shows that community groups, businesses, NGOs, local governments, and even armed groups can respond to war by engaging in civil action. Characterized by a reluctance to resort to violence and a willingness to show enough respect to engage with others, civil action can slow, delay, or prevent violent escalations. This volume explores how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Civil action and the dynamics of violence.
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019980389
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah D Avant; Marie M Berry; Erica Chenoweth
ISBN: 9780190056896 0190056894 9780190056902 0190056908
OCLC Number: 1100595022
Description: ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Civil action and the dynamics of violence in conflicts / Deborah Avant, Marie E. Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk --
Part I Civil action and maintaining relationships --
Civil action in the Syrian conflict / Wendy Pearlman --
Staging peace : community organizations, theatrical performance, and violent conflict in Peru / Steven T. Zech --
Northern Kenya : civil and uncivil action under conditions of state fragility / Fletcher D. Cox --
Part II Civil action and levels of local violence --
Impact of civil action on levels of violence : comparing two communities during Northern Ireland's troubles / Amy Grubb --
Doing business amid criminal violence : companies and civil action in Mexico / Sandra Ley and Magdalena Guzmán --
Civil action and the microdynamics of violence during the Bosnian War / Marie E. Berry --
Non-violent communal strategies in insurgencies : case study on Afghanistan / Christoph Zürcher --
Part III Civil action and the resolution of violent conflict --
Civil action against ETA terrorism in Basque Country / Javier Argomaniz --
Colombian private sector in Colombia's transition to peace / Angelika Rettberg --
Conclusion / Deborah Avant, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, and Cullen Hendrix.
Responsibility: edited by Deborah Avant, Marie E. Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk.

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Many view civil wars as violent contests between armed combatants. But history shows that community groups, businesses, NGOs, local governments, and even armed groups can respond to war by engaging in civil action. Characterized by a reluctance to resort to violence and a willingness to show enough respect to engage with others, civil action can slow, delay, or prevent violent escalations. This volume explores how people in conflict environments engage in civil action, and the ways such action has affected violence dynamics in Syria, Peru, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Spain, and Colombia. These cases highlight the critical and often neglected role that civil action plays in conflicts around the world--from publisher's website.

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One of the most important recent findings is that civil action can be a surprisingly effective way for citizens to keep their governments in line while avoiding violence. If you want to know how Read more...

 
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