Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement
By (author) Sharon Erickson Nepstad
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Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement by Sharon Erickson Nepstad
Book DescriptionAs the nuclear arms race exploded in the 1980s, a group of U.S. religious pacifists used radical nonviolence to intervene. Armed with hammers, they broke into military facilities to pound on missiles and pour blood on bombers, enacting the prophet Isaiah's vision: 'Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.' Calling themselves the Plowshares movement, these controversial activists received long prison sentences; nonetheless, their movement grew and expanded to Europe and Australia. In this book, Sharon Erickson Nepstad documents the emergence and international diffusion of this unique form of high-risk collective action. Drawing on interviews, original survey research, and archival data, Nepstad explains why some Plowshares groups have persisted over time while others have struggled or collapsed. Comparing the U.S. movement with less successful Plowshares groups overseas, Nepstad reveals how decisions about leadership, organization, retention, and cultural adaptations influence movements' long-term trajectories.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521888929
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sharon Erickson Nepstad
Nonviolent Struggle, Paperback (October 2015)
Nonviolent Struggle provides a comprehensive introduction to civil resistance studies. This book offers a succinct coverage of the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent resistance.
Nonviolent Revolutions, Hardback (August 2011)
In Nonviolent Revolutions, Sharon Erickson Nepstad analyzes civilian insurrections in China, East Germany, Panama, Chile, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement, Paperback (April 2008)
Nepstad documents the trajectories of various Plowshares movement groups, revealing how activist decisions affect longevity.
Convictions of the Soul, Hardback (August 2004)» View all books by Sharon Erickson Nepstad
Many US Christians were profoundly moved by the liberation struggles in Central America in the 1980s. Most learned about the situation from missionaries who had witnessed the repression firsthand. Drawing on in-depth interviews, Nepstad offers an analysis of the experiences of religious leaders and church members in the solidarity movement.
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