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Author Nepstad, Sharon Erickson.

Title Religion and war resistance in the Plowshares movement / Sharon Erickson Nepstad.

Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  327.1747 NEPS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in contentious politics.
Cambridge studies in contentious politics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-248) and index.
Contents Introduction. Movement Challenges and Trajectories -- Pt. I. : The U.S. Plowshares Movement -- 1. Historical Development of the U.S. Plowshares Movement -- 2. Tactical Legitimation and the Theology of Resistance -- 3. Sustaining Commitment -- 4. Death of a Charismatic Leader -- Pt. II. The International Plowshares Movements -- 5. Intermittent Resistance: The German, Dutch, and Australian Plowshares Movements -- 6. Internal Tensions and Implosion: The Swedish Plowshares Movement -- 7. Witnessing Or Winning? The British Plowshares Movement -- 8. Conclusion: From Failed Attempts to Persistent Resistance - Understanding Divergent Movement Trajectories -- Appendix A. Survey Questionnaire -- Appendix B. List of Interviews by Author -- Appendix C. Chronological List of Plowshares Actions by Region.
Summary "As 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 Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement, Sharon Erickson Nepstad documents the emergence and international diffusion of this unique form of high-risk collective action. Drawing on in-depth interviews, original survey research, and archival data, Nepstad explains why some Plowshares groups have persisted over time while others have floundered 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Plowshares Eight (Group)
Antinuclear movement.
Nuclear disarmament.
ISBN 9780521888929 (hardback)
0521888921 (hardback)
9780521717670 (paperback)
0521717671 (paperback)