He's your typical plowshares-and-sorcery hero.
November 10, 2012 11:06 AM Subscribe
Recommend some reading about practical pacifism and nonviolence.
posted by BrashTech to society & culture (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in learning about how pacifists and people committed to nonviolence navigate conflicts in everyday life—particularly in societies and situations where violence is widespread. (For example, I've heard some interesting stuff about former gang members trying to teach people how to solve problems without resorting to physical violence, for example.)
This is partly about intellectual curiosity, but mostly character research for a tabletop roleplaying game.
I am less interested about oppressed people working for change in society (my character is one of the powerful elites) than practical advice on how to argue without violence, how to respond to attacks on your person, how to talk peers out of violence, etc. Religiously motivated works are okay, but secular would be better.
I have a hard science background, but I'm willing to delve into some more demanding reading in social sciences if you have a really great book that's a must-read. To be honest, though, since it's just game research, I'll probably do better with lighter pop-level reading. Webpages, documentaries, and the like are fine, too.