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Paths to Transformation

karin lofthus carrington and susan griffin

in Transforming Terror

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251021
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251021.003.0009
Paths to Transformation

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By presenting new and deeper ways to frame the problem of violence against civilians that the world faces today, this book has provided several starting points for significant change. For this reason, it concludes this anthology with a selection of essays that present a variety of practical paths to transformation. Realizing that despair and cynicism prevent so many from working for social and political change, the chapter begins with an essay on hope. Since one of the justifications for tolerating poverty, injustice, and violence is the contention that unjust or terrible as they may be, certain conditions are simply inevitable, it is crucial to realize that change is possible. The chapter also emphasizes ways to change consciousness that include traditional non-violent protest. By citing a few examples, it hopes to incite the imagination and inspire creative participation in the great turning that will allow the end of terror and the beginning of a new and mutual concord. The chapter also includes essays on non-violent communication and compassion, non-violence, citizen diplomacy, courage and resistance, the courage to love, and trust.

Keywords: violence; transformation; hope; non-violence; terror; non-violent communication; compassion; citizen diplomacy; courage; trust

Chapter.  20755 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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