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Justice Without Violence

Paul Wehr, Heidi Burgess, and Guy Burgess, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-465-0
ISBN: 978-1-55587-491-9
1994/301 pages/LC: 93-33329

"Important contributions to the study of nonviolent action. They provide challenges to some of the conventional scholarly—as well as popular— thinking about the effectiveness of military and other violent means of coercion."—American Political Science Review


Justice Without Violence investigates nonviolent ways—both successful and unsuccessful—of confronting acute political and economic injustice around the world.

A well-integrated mixture of theoretical analysis and case studies (from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East), the book examines nonviolent direct action, political action, economic sanctions, and social movements as alternative remedies in the struggle for justice. The authors thus address the basic questions that underlie current debates in international politics over the use of preventive diplomacy, humanitarian intervention, and international enforcement action.


Paul Wehr is professor of sociology at the University of Colorado and is author of Conflict Regulation and coauthor (along with Arnold Goldstein, Edward Carr, and William Davidson) of In Response to Aggression: Methods of Control and Prosocial Alternatives. Heidi Burgess and Guy Burgess are codirectors of the University of Colorado's Conflict Resolution Consortium. Guy Burgess's previous works include Social System of the Planet Earth (coauthored with Elise Boulding and Kenneth Boulding).


  • Justice Without Violence: Theoretical Foundations—G. Burgess and H. Burgess.
  • Research Questions and Hypotheses—G. Burgess and H. Burgess.
  • Peace, Justice, and the Faces of Power—K.E. Boulding.
  • Nonviolent Direct Action and the Diffusion of Power—D. Bond.
  • Violence, Nonviolence, and Justice in Sandinista Nicaragua—P. Wehr and S. E. Nepstad.
  • Nonviolence and the 1989 Revolution in Eastern Europe—J. Edelstein.
  • Violence Versus Nonviolence in the USSR and Its Successors—Z. Arabajan.
  • China's Movement to Resolve Citizen/Government Conflicts—S.C. Thomas.
  • Nonviolent Versus Violent Ethnic Political Action in Africa—J.R. Scarritt.
  • Foreign Threats and Domestic Actions: Sanctions Against South Africa—W. Kaempfer, A.D. Lowenberg, H. Naci Mocan, and L. Bennett.
  • Belief Systems and Justice Without Violence in the Middle East—A.M. Kazak.
  • Attaining Justice Through Development Organizations in India—E. M. Mathiot.
  • Justice Without Violence: Theoretical Synthesis—H. Burgess and G. Burgess.