Commitment to nonviolence in personal life, social action and education: a philosophical and interview-based inquiry
A nonviolent way of being in the world offers a critical alternative to the violence and dehumanizing influences that permeate our world, our society, our institutions, our interactions, ourselves. This study examines the components and dynamics that make up such an alternative as they are understood and enacted by thirty informants who are committed to nonviolence as a way of life on all levels of interaction, from the personal to the political. The informants were selected for intensive interviews on
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