In this elegantly written introductory text, William E. Scheuerman systematically analyzes the most important interpretations of civil disobedience. Drawing out the striking differences separating religious, liberal, radical democratic, and anarchist views, he nonetheless shows that core commonalities remain. Against those who water down the idea of civil disobedience or view it as obsolescent, Scheuerman successfully salvages its central elements. The concept of civil disobedience, he argues, remains a pivotal tool for anyone hoping to bring about political and social change.
- Chapter One: Divine Witness
- Chapter Two: Liberalism and Its Limits
- Chapter Three: Deepening Democracy
- Chapter Four: Anarchist Uprising
- Chapter Five: Postnationalization and Privatization
- Chapter Six: Digitalization
- Chapter Seven: Tilting at Windmills?
Simone Chambers, University of California, Irvine
"This timely and wide–ranging introduction is at once historically instructive, analytically clear and politically engaged. It will be of great use to large numbers of students and specialists in politics, law, and philosophy."
Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam