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Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Pacifism’s Appeal

Ethos, History, Politics

Editors: Kustermans, J., Sauer, T., Lootens, D., Segaert, B. (Eds.)

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  • Defines pacifism’s appeal, its claim to attention and its claim to authority
  • Presents a crucial global intellectual history of pacifism, supplementing traditional Euro-American articulations of pacifism with a survey of its articulation in Orthodox-Christian, Hinduist, Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish sites
  • Explores the prospects of a pacifist global order
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This volume examines the possibility – or need – of a revitalization of pacifism as a world-political practice. It takes as its point of departure the observation that although ‘just war thinking’ has long been dominant in Western debates about war and peace, recent events have served to temper enthusiasm about the doctrine. Pacifism has been much less prominent a stance in recent decades, but there is the impression that it may be staging a return. Just war thinking has to a large extent failed. Outright bellicism remains as undesirable as ever. Pacifism presents itself again as a possible alternative. Once upon a time the peace movement was popular, and pacifism with it. Pacifism appealed to people. It stirred hearts and minds. It inspired political action and institutional designs. This volume examines whether pacifism can claim its ground again and how it should be redefined in light of today’s world-political circumstances.

About the authors

Jorg Kustermans teaches international politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. His scholarship is situated at the intersection of international theory and social theory and has dealt with such questions as state personhood, republican security, the nature of social practices, and the relation of boredom and war.
Tom Sauer is Associate Professor in International Politics at the Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium. He is co-editor of Nuclear Terrorism: Countering the Threat, and author of Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: The Role of Missile Defense and Nuclear Inertia: US Nuclear Weapons Policy after the Cold War.
Dominiek Lootens is Deputy Academic Director at University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium, Vice-President Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counselling, International Advisor International Thomas Merton Society, and Co-Editor of Where Are We? Pastoral Environments and Care for Migrants: Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives.
Barbara Segaert is scientific coordinator at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium, where she develops academic programmes on various topics of contemporary relevance to society. She was co-editor of Genocides: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Risk and Resilience.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Why Pacifism?

    Pages 1-7

    Kustermans, Jorg (et al.)

  • War, Hostilities, Terrorism: A Pacifist Perspective

    Pages 11-40

    Ryan, Cheyney

  • Pacifism as Re-appropriated Violence

    Pages 41-60

    Cawston, Amanda

  • The Pacifisms of the Peace Movement

    Pages 63-80

    Ceadel, Martin

  • Tolstoy’s Pacifism and the Critique of State Violence

    Pages 81-102

    Atack, Iain

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pacifism’s Appeal
Book Subtitle
Ethos, History, Politics
Editors
  • Jorg Kustermans
  • Tom Sauer
  • Dominiek Lootens
  • Barbara Segaert
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13427-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13427-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13426-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 247
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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