Synopses & Reviews
provides a primer of Mahatma Gandhiand#8217;s principles of moral action and conflict resolution. It offers a straightforward, step-by-step approach that can be used in any conflictand#151;at home or in business; in local, national, or international arenas. Juergensmeyer sets out Gandhiand#8217;s basic methods and illustrates them with practical examples to show how parties at odds can rise above a narrow view of self-interest to find resolutions that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved. The author pits Gandhiand#8217;s ideas against those of other great social thinkers in a series of imaginary debates that challenge and clarify Gandhiand#8217;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.
Gandhiand#8217;s Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution was previously published as Fighting with Gandhi and Fighting Fair.
A primer for Ghandi's principles of moral action and conflict resolution.
and#147;A fascinating, thought-provoking, helpful and heartening book.and#8221;and#151;Los Angeles Times
and#147;Juergensmeyerand#8217;s book is something of a Gandhian tour de force and#151; a careful analysis and series of applications of Gandhiand#8217;s concepts of satyagraha and#133; to everyday situations with which most Western readers are familiar.and#8221;and#151;Religious Studies Review
and#147;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 and#145;passive resistance.and#8217;and#8221;and#151;Library Journal
About the Author
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 (2000) and The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (1993), both from California.
Table of Contents
SECTION I. THE GANDHIAN FIGHT
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
SECTION II. CASE STUDIES
Looking At Cases
Case #1: A Family Feud
Case #2: The Endangered Employees
Case #3: A Lonely Decision
Case #4: A Battle Against Nuclear Weapons
Case #5: A Tragic Resistance
SECTION III. SOME SMALL QUARRELS
Conversations in the Mind
Issue #1: Can Violence Ever Be Justified?and#151;Gandhi v. Marx
Issue #2: Can Anger Be True?and#151;Gandhi v. Freud
Issue #3: Is a Force of Love Realistic?and#151;Gandhi v. Niebuhr
Issue #4: Was Gandhi Always a Gandhian?and#151;Mohandas v. the Mahatma