Nonviolent Future By Michael Nagler

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This study will define violence and non-violence in the use of social ondit0oing, socialization, and the negotiation process in The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World by Michael Nagler. Nagler’s (2004) “Two-Force” Theory defines an important aspect of violence as an act of punishment and the non-violent mode of utilizing 'love' to resolve conflicts. This dichotomous relationship between violence and non-violence is part of the social condition that has dominates the mind. This form of social conditioning provides insight into the bargaining process that negotiates towards peace by reforming social values for the long-term. By negating short-term conflict, the non-violent practitioner …show more content…

In this paradigm, the ability of an individual to change social norms is crucial to practicing non-violence. Once again, Nagler (2004) relies heavily on Gandhi as a source of inspiration to show the massive power of socialization that can change violent behaviors. In this way, Nagler (2004) is forming his own theory of non-violence from the spiritual methods utilized by Gandhi in the mid-20th century. For instance, Gandhi chose to be non-reactionary against people that insulted him throughout his life, which provided a socially symbolic representation of the power of love to move beyond …show more content…

Nagler (2004) presents the Two-Factor Theory through a definition provided by Gandhi. In this perspective, violence tends to be based on punishment and the non-violence is based on ‘acts of love.” These two forces provide a framework for social conditioning and the socialization process that can change a violent individual into a non-violent peacemaker. Critically, Nagler (2004) does not provide empirical evidence in relation to condition of the mind, but he does show the power of leaders, such as Gandhi and martin Luther King Jr., to alter social beliefs through non-violent methods of bargaining/negotiations. More so, the historical track record of non-violent negotiations tends to be clear in the success tht Gandhi generated in uniting his country and bringing peace to the Indian peoples. In this manner, the Two-Force Theory provides an important way to understand violence and non-violence through social conditioning, socialization, and the negotiation process in Nagler’s The Search for a Nonviolent

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