Violence and Nonviolence: Pathways to Understanding is the first book to provide an integrative, systematic approach to the study of violence and nonviolence in one volume. Eminent scholar and award-winning author Gregg Barak examines virtually all forms of violence—from verbal abuse to genocide—and treats all of these expressions of violence as interpersonal, institutional, and structural occurrences. In the context of recovery and nonviolence, Barak addresses peace and conflict studies, legal rights, social justice, and various nonviolent movements. Employing an interdisciplinary framework, Barak emphasizes the importance of culture, media, sexuality, gender, and social structure in developing a comprehensive theory of these two separate, but inseparable phenomena.

Policies of Nonviolence

Policies of nonviolence

Throughout this book, the pathways to violence and nonviolence have been linked, associated, or grounded in the customs, ideologies, and practices of adversarialism and mutualism, the two fundamental ways of organizing societies. In the case of the pathways to violence, I have contended that these are connected to values that support, reinforce, and reproduce compulsive or extreme forms of individualism, a lack of genuine empathy for other people, and a heightened or exaggerated fear of the “other.” In the case of the pathways to nonviolence, I have contended that these are connected to values that support, reinforce, and reproduce patterns of caring, altruism, and resiliency as these envelop diversities of community. Similarly, I have maintained that the political and economic ...

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