Call for Chapters: Creating a Sustainable Vision of Nonviolence in Schools and Society
This would be an edited book giving non violence a contemporary face. Nonviolence philosophy embraces all circumstances where there is no desire (natural or acquired) to kill /harm humans, animals, all forms of life and their environment. This viewpoint is based on moral and spiritual principles where there is complete absence of violence in all aspects of life. The nonviolence concepts have been used to realize political and social objectives by bringing changes in society, organizations and nations. Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Desmond Tutu all used this philosophy successfully as an effective alternative to violence/aggression/oppression to achieve desired political/social goals. Most recently, the Arab Spring, including the Nobel Peace Prize winning Tunisians, embraced. The nonviolence political philosophy has also been referred to as passive resistance, civil resistance, noncooperation, civil disobedience, and nonviolent direct action. A new term is evolving, creative civil disobedience, where unique methods are employed. The philosophy hinges around willingly accepting self-suffering to bring about change in one’s opponent/aggressor by challenging the oppressor’s moral conscience; thus making him aware of his unjust /violent actions. This kind of activism heightens awareness in society; ideally transforming oppressing structures. The transformation in society, including the society favoring the oppressive structures, starts exerting pressure on the oppressor to change. Gandhi termed it as winning over brute force by soul force. Gandhi not only saw nonviolence as a political strategy for justice but also as a soulful, sustainable and spacious multicultural way of living where the environment and all living beings receive consideration and respect.
- Lt. Col. (Ret) Swaranjit Singh (California State Education Vendor, USA)
- Dr. Nancy D. Erbe (California State University Dominguez Hills, USA)
Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: January 30, 2016
Full Chapters Due: February 29, 2016
Submission Date: May 30, 2016
The need to expand and deepen multicultural nonviolent approaches, in families, between huband and wife, parent and child, siblings, generations and those employing help, in organizations, especially schools and employing, communties, particularly between police and other government and those they serve, and nation states is becoming ever more relevant with the passage of time as we observe current violent conflicts in the word- Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, Israel, Palestine and many other violence ridden regions as well as continuing violence against women, children, migrant labor and the most vulnerable of the world. Bullying and corruption, whether systemic, part of organized and gang crime, or part of insurgency, are worldwide concerns and challenges.
This will be one of the few books which will cover the evolution and imminent application of nonviolence concepts as a means of protest and transformation by humane society and a significant alternative to violence and oppression. It will focus on the future relevance and significance in all aspects of functioning of society/gender and family relations/communities/institutions/schools and nation states.
The primary audience for this book would be the UN, governments & their heads, politicians, NGOs, communities riddled with gang and other violence, schools, educational leadership, social organizations, community leaders, teachers, preachers, religious leaders, mediators, peace activists, ombuds, corporations, defense/police organizations battling insurgency and other violence, and conscious peace loving citizens.
The above mentioned audience is likely to show interest in the book to understand nonviolence concepts, its techniques and its application to achieve desired objectives. The target audience may buy this book to further understand time-tested nonviolence skill/techniques to effectively bring about changes in a humane manner which would be enhanced with tech-savvy modern world.
Note: Below are suggested, but are not exclusive. The prospective authors are free to suggest their own chapter topics
• Visions and Successful Case Studies for Sustainable Futures
• Visions and Successful Case Studies of Nonviolent Schools and Societies
• Contemporary Nonviolent Successes:
• Political Nation State Like Tunisian Dialogue, Arab Spring; Balkans
• Political Human Rights Like Gay Marriage Movement
• Movements Gaining Momentum Like Gabby Gifford’s Responsible Gun Lobby
• Transforming Violence to Nonviolence: Approaches, Lessons Learned; Inspiration
• Bully Boundaries and Approaches That Work
• Parents Against Irresponsible Gun Ownership
• Economic Alternatives to Military Industrial Complex
• Just Policing As Alternative to War: Tackling Police Brutality and Govt Corruption
• Protecting Women, Children and Civilians (The Most Vulnerable Among Us)
• Alternatives That Work When Treating Mental Illness Fails or Falls Short
• Comparative Insight: Nurturing Nonviolence Rather than Violence
• Case Study Successes of Catalyzing Justice and Change
• Glorifying and Rewarding Nonviolence
• Restorative Discipline
• Raising Children Who Resist Gang and Terrorist Recruitment
• Hate Crime Eradication
• Schools Without Weapons
• Nonviolent Teaching
• Research Proven Links Between Family Violence, Alcohol/Drugs and Weapon Lust
• Effective Interrupters
• Nonviolence Curriculum
• Gang Prevention and Intervention That Works: Consciousness Raising of and Collaboration with Parents
• Innovative Approaches to Parenting Children Without Parents
• Psychological and Emotional Violence: Responses Proving Themselves
• Alternative Paradigms for Male Identity, Power, Prestige and Profit
• Nonviolence and Male-Female Relationships; the Role of Women, Actual and Potential, with Violence and Nonviolence
• Effectively Countering Insurgency
• Ideas for Advancing Effectiveness of International Rule of Law with Focus on Human Rights
• Approaches that Work in Reducing Entrenched Patterns of Violent Behavior
• Case Studies of Satisfying Soulful Living
• Approaches that Work in Transforming Addictions to Consumption and Materialism (Mental Illness)
• The Good News: Environmental Progress towards Sustainability
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