Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

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Cesar Chavez has long been heralded for his personal practice of nonviolent resistance in struggles against social, racial, and labor injustices. However, the works of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have long overshadowed Chavez's contributions to the theory of nonviolence. Josť-Antonio Orosco seeks to elevate Chavez as an original thinker, providing an analysis of what Chavez called "the common sense of nonviolence." By engaging Chavez in dialogue with a variety of political theorists and philosophers, Orosco demonstrates how Chavez developed distinct ideas about nonviolent theory that are timely for dealing with today's social and political issues, including racism, sexism, immigration, globalization, and political violence.

 

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Contents

Chapter One
15
Chapter Two
33
Chapter Three
53
Chapter Four
71
Chapter Five
97
Notes
115
Bibliography
131
index
141
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About the author (2008)

Jose-Antonio Orosco is associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University.

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