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Civil disobedience from Nepal to Norway, traditions, extensions, and civility, edited by Tapio Nykanen, Tiina Seppala, Petri Koikkalainen

Civil disobedience from Nepal to Norway, traditions, extensions, and civility, edited by Tapio Nykanen, Tiina Seppala, Petri Koikkalainen
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non fiction
Main title
Civil disobedience from Nepal to Norway
Nature of contents
Responsibility statement
edited by Tapio Nykanen, Tiina Seppala, Petri Koikkalainen
Series statement
Ethics, Human Rights, and Global Political Thought
Sub title
traditions, extensions, and civility
"This volume explores the shifts in how civil disobedience has come to be theorized, defined, understood and practiced in contemporary politics. As social activism takes increasingly global forms, the goals of individuals and groups who view themselves as disobedient activists today can be defined in broader cultural terms than before, and their relationship to law and violence can be ambiguous. Civil disobedience may no longer be entirely nonviolent, its purposes no longer necessarily serve progressive or emancipatory agendas. Its manifestations often blur the lines established in "classic", philosophically justified, and self-regulatory forms as epitomized in mass nonviolent protests of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and theories of Arendt, Rawls and Dworkin. How civil disobedience operates has changed over the years, and this volume unpacks its many contemporary lives. It discusses new theoretical and political dilemmas and paradoxes through empirical cases and practical examples from Europe, the US, and South Asia, which enables a "mirroring" perspective for the challenges and complexities of civil disobedience in different parts of the world. Bringing together innovative and instropective perspectives on people and protests in contemporary political contexts, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and philosophers of political science, international relations theory, political philosophy, peace and conflict studies, sociology, and cultural studies"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on contributors -- Chapter 1: Introduction: Civil disobedience from Nepal to Norway -- References -- Part I: Civil disobedience then and now -- Chapter 2: The concept and practices of civil disobedience -- Some notes on democratic theory and civil disobedience -- On justifications of civil disobedience: political judgement and the finiteness of time -- The tensions and paradoxes of civil disobedience -- For the future -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 3: Experiments with civil disobedience during Norwegian environmental struggles, 1970-2000 -- Introduction -- Roots of nonviolent action and CD in Norway -- Four cases illustrate the strategic development of CD -- Mardøla - small-scale civil disobedience -- Introduction and organisation -- The CD component -- Discussion -- Alta - large-scale civil disobedience -- Introduction and organisation -- The CD component -- Discussion -- Innerdalen - constructive CD -- Introduction and organisation -- Discussion -- FAG - deterrent CD -- Introduction and organisation -- The civil disobedience component -- Local constructive work -- Making large-scale CD probable -- Discussion -- Discussion of the four cases: developing a culture of CD -- Notes -- References -- Documentary movies -- Other sources -- Johansen's personal archive -- Chapter 4: Civil disobedience and artistic protests: The Áltá and Deatnu disputes and the development of Sámi resistance -- The Áltá controversy: chains, art and hunger strikes -- The Ellos Deatnu! movement: civil disobedience or artistic protests? -- Fishing without a licence and judicial review -- Civil disobedience and artistic protesting -- Notes -- Research material -- References -- Chapter 5: Drugs, disobedience, and democracy: Civil disobedience and drug policySeeds of civil disobedience -- Harm reduction and public health civil disobedience -- Justifiable civil disobedience in a democracy -- Marching against the war on cannabis (users) -- Conclusion -- References -- Part II: Alternative insights and extensions of civil disobedience -- Chapter 6: Open-source disobedience: Rise of civic hacktivism in Taiwan -- Introduction -- Research question and the concept of civil disobedience -- History -- g0v (gov-zero) -- Sunflower Movement -- Digital Minister -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 7: Masked struggle: Uncivil disobedience on the streets of Finland -- Introduction: Soldiers of Odin and Loldiers of Odin -- Vigilantism is not civil but uncivil disobedience -- SOO and the threat of violence -- Loldiers of Odin and crossing the lines -- Masks of disobedience -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgements -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 8: Is there an alternative tradition of civil disobedience in Europe? -- Introduction -- Civil disobedience as a political tool in Western political thought -- Civil disobedience as a political tool in Europe -- Integral federalism and civil disobedience in European political thought -- Is there an alternative tradition of civil disobedience in Europe? -- Acknowledgements -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 9: Different forms of dissent in anti-deportation activism in Finland: From refugee protests to civil disobedience -- Introduction -- Producing illegality and deportability -- Anti-deportation activism in Finland -- The Aino Pennanen case of civil disobedience -- Then, why not more civil disobedience? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 10: Dissenting civil society, hunger strikes, and the transitional justice process in Nepal -- Introduction -- Context: the background of the conflict -- Civil disobedience and hunger strikes in NepalConflict victims and the Transitional Justice movement -- Nonviolent resistance for justice and truth: the fast-unto-death hunger strike of Nanda Prasad Adhikari -- Dissenting civil society as the backbone of democracy -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part III: Defending civility in civil disobedience -- Chapter 11: Academic freedom, resisting intellectuals, and the idea of university in South Asia -- Introduction -- Forms of resistance -- University protests in Bangladesh, Nepal, and India -- The name-of-the-leader -- Academic responses -- Pedagogy and political activism -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 12: Understanding whistleblowing: Civil disobedience or uncivil action? -- Introduction -- Whistleblowing as civil disobedience? -- Rule-of-law justification -- Communicative justification -- Whistleblowing as uncivil disobedience -- What understanding of civility does civil disobedience have? -- Is whistleblowing civil disobedience? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index