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Why do some national movements use violent protest and others nonviolent protest? Wendy Pearlman shows that much of the answer lies inside movements themselves. Nonviolent protest requires coordination and restraint, which only a cohesive movement can provide. When, by contrast, a movement is fragmented, factional competition generates new incentives for violence and autho Why do some national movements use violent protest and others nonviolent protest? Wendy Pearlman shows that much of the answer lies inside movements themselves. Nonviolent protest requires coordination and restraint, which only a cohesive movement can provide. When, by contrast, a movement is fragmented, factional competition generates new incentives for violence and authority structures are too weak to constrain escalation. Pearlman reveals these patterns across one hundred years in the Palestinian national movement, with comparisons to South Africa and Northern Ireland. To those who ask why there is no Palestinian Gandhi, Pearlman demonstrates that nonviolence is not simply a matter of leadership. Nor is violence attributable only to religion, emotions, or stark instrumentality. Instead, a movement's organizational structure mediates the strategies that it employs. By taking readers on a journey from civil disobedience to suicide bombings, this book offers fresh insight into the dynamics of conflict and mobilization.


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Why do some national movements use violent protest and others nonviolent protest? Wendy Pearlman shows that much of the answer lies inside movements themselves. Nonviolent protest requires coordination and restraint, which only a cohesive movement can provide. When, by contrast, a movement is fragmented, factional competition generates new incentives for violence and autho Why do some national movements use violent protest and others nonviolent protest? Wendy Pearlman shows that much of the answer lies inside movements themselves. Nonviolent protest requires coordination and restraint, which only a cohesive movement can provide. When, by contrast, a movement is fragmented, factional competition generates new incentives for violence and authority structures are too weak to constrain escalation. Pearlman reveals these patterns across one hundred years in the Palestinian national movement, with comparisons to South Africa and Northern Ireland. To those who ask why there is no Palestinian Gandhi, Pearlman demonstrates that nonviolence is not simply a matter of leadership. Nor is violence attributable only to religion, emotions, or stark instrumentality. Instead, a movement's organizational structure mediates the strategies that it employs. By taking readers on a journey from civil disobedience to suicide bombings, this book offers fresh insight into the dynamics of conflict and mobilization.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Anand Gopal

    An interesting book that argues that a social movement's organization plays a major role in whether it is violent or nonviolent. Movements that are cohesive are more likely to employ non-violent tactics, for three reasons: 1) cohesion facilitates mass movements 2) cohesion facilitates discipline (which enables restraint) and 3) cohesion facilitates strategy. Conversely, fragmented movements are more likely to resort to violence. Her evidence comes from a historical study of the Palestinian liber An interesting book that argues that a social movement's organization plays a major role in whether it is violent or nonviolent. Movements that are cohesive are more likely to employ non-violent tactics, for three reasons: 1) cohesion facilitates mass movements 2) cohesion facilitates discipline (which enables restraint) and 3) cohesion facilitates strategy. Conversely, fragmented movements are more likely to resort to violence. Her evidence comes from a historical study of the Palestinian liberation movement. I found her chapters on the organization of the First and Second Intifadas very interesting, and she indeed makes a good case for her thesis. I'm not sure, however, how transferable or scalable this thesis is--which the 2011 revolution in Egypt, for example, casts some doubt on.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    An interesting look at the Palestinian national movement from the British mandate after WWI through the present from the Palestinian perspective. Pearlman's Organizational Mediation Theory of Protest is the lens through which the reader views the last 100 years of the Palestinian national movement. This book is full of examples of how the degree of organization in a movement is an important factor in its ability to effectively utilize non-violent resistance from the Palestinian national movement An interesting look at the Palestinian national movement from the British mandate after WWI through the present from the Palestinian perspective. Pearlman's Organizational Mediation Theory of Protest is the lens through which the reader views the last 100 years of the Palestinian national movement. This book is full of examples of how the degree of organization in a movement is an important factor in its ability to effectively utilize non-violent resistance from the Palestinian national movement, South Africa and Ireland. Well researched and full of first person examples, particularly from the period of the Second Intifada, I particularly enjoyed the historical perspective on the Palestinian national movement.

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