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Gandhi's Way

A Handbook of Conflict Resolution, Updated with a New Preface and New Case Study

Mark Juergensmeyer (Author)

Not available in South Asia

Paperback, 185 pages
ISBN: 9780520244979
April 2005
$29.95, £22.95
Gandhi’s Way provides a primer of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of moral action and conflict resolution and offers a straightforward, step-by-step approach that can be used in any conflict—-at home or in business; in local, national, or international arenas. This invaluable handbook, updated with a new preface and a new case study on terrorism in Northern Ireland, sets out Gandhi’s basic methods and illustrates them with practical examples. Juergensmeyer shows how parties at odds can rise above a narrow view of self-interest to find resolutions that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved. He then pits Gandhi’s ideas against those of other great social thinkers in a series of imaginary debates that challenge and clarify Gandhi’s thinking on issues of violence, anger, and love. He also provides a Gandhian critique of Gandhi himself and offers viable solutions to some of the gaps in Gandhian theory.

Gandhi’s Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution was previously published as Fighting with Gandhi and Fighting Fair.
Preface to the 2005 Edition

1. Fighting a Gandhian Fight
2. Why Fight at All?
3. How Do You Know When You're Right?
4. Violence: The Breakwoen of a Fight
5. What to Do with a Recalcitrant Opponent
6. The Weapon: The Goal Itself
7. The Power of Noncooperation
8. Fighting a Very Big Fight
9. How Do You Know When You've Won?
10. Some Basic Rules

Looking At Cases
Case #1: A Family Feud
Case #2: The Endangered Employees
Case #3: A Lonely Decision
Case #4: A Peaceful End to Irish Terrorism
Case #5: A Tragic Resistance

Conversations in the Mind
Issue #1: Can Violence Ever Be Justified?—Gandhi v. Marx
Issue #2: Can Anger Be True?—Gandhi v. Freud
Issue #3: Is a Force of Love Realistic?—Gandhi v. Niebuhr
Issue #4: Was Gandhi Always a Gandhian?—Mohandas v. the Mahatma

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (revised edition, 2003) and The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (1993), both from California.
“Gandhi’s Way provides a primer of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of moral action and conflict resolution.”—Angel Carrion Tavarez Caribbean Business
“Excellent. . . .Demostrates clearly the continuing relevance of Gandhi in our contemporary world.”—John E. Cort Religious Studies Review
“A fascinating, thought-provoking, helpful and heartening book.”—Los Angeles Times

“Juergensmeyer’s book is something of a Gandhian tour de force — a careful analysis and series of applications of Gandhi’s concepts of satyagraha … to everyday situations with which most Western readers are familiar.”—Religious Studies Review

“This is a manual of instruction in the best sense: a popular reassessment of the activist use of satyagraha in conflict resolution that has depth and a true appreciation for the ethical subtleties of dialectical struggles, and for the multiple dimensions of ‘passive resistance.’”—Library Journal

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