Unconventional Approaches to Conflict Resolution: Erikson and Sharp on Nonviolence

Lewis Lipsitz, Herbert M. Kritzer

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We discuss various approaches to nonviolent conflict resolution and specifically the views of Gene Sharp and Erik Erikson as developed in their recent books on the subject. Both authors have in common a concern with the sources of obedience and the processes by which people come to question authority and the use of force. We explore the insights and limits of each approach and suggest aspects that need further clarification in the discussion of nonviolence. Sharp's encyclopedic effort draws together much material and is a valuable source. Erikson develops a set of poetic and telling conclusions from Gandhi's career that provide a deeper sense of how nonviolent campaigns can be waged and what they are all about. © 1975, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-733
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1975


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