Introduction

Mary King Gandhi’s shrewd insight that conflict offers an opportunity to rearrange the ingredients that produced it in the first place has yet to be fully appreciated. Yet as more and more groups and societies across the world are able to know of the successful use of nonviolent tools to achieve political goals, it is possible that universal recognition of the worth and practicality of settling conflict without the insertion of violence may also grow. If anything, the inclination is toward greater use of the technique of collective nonviolent action in the twenty-first century. This website is about the power and limits of nonviolent civil resistance through the eyes of one of its practitioner scholars.



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Aberystwyth University’s Interview with Mary King

January 14, 2021 | News

Aberystwyth University interviewed Mary King in Prom, the university’s online magazine, as part of the centenary celebration highlighting their Department for International Politics, the oldest in the world.

The image below links to the interview portion directly. The full magazine can be viewed at Aberystwyth University’s original posting.

Aberystwyth University’s Centenary Celebrations

January 14, 2021 | News

Aberystwyth University, Mary King’s alma mater, is holding centenary celebrations highlighting their Department for International Politics, the oldest in the world.

“Gandhi Would Be Grieved By India’s Treatment Of Civil Disobedience Today” by Betwa Sharma

November 2, 2020 | News

“Gandhi Would Be Grieved By India’s Treatment Of Civil Disobedience Today” by Betwa Sharma

In this interview, Mary Elizabeth King, an expert on nonviolent resistance, discussed how Mohandas Gandhi’s civil disobedience influenced the American civil rights movement, and what he might think of India today.

“The genius of John Lewis’ unyielding nonviolent discipline” by Mary King

July 27, 2020 | News

“The genius of John Lewis’ unyielding nonviolent discipline” by Mary King.

The civil rights icon’s uncompromising insistence on treating opponents with respect was perhaps his greatest attribute — even if it has not always been understood.

Waging Nonviolence is a free online magazine with weekly newsletters.

“Nonviolence in International Politics: Towards a New Turn?”

January 30, 2020 | News

“Communications, and Why It’s Vital for Today’s Nonviolent Campaigns and Movements” by Mary King

October 7, 2019 | News

“How South Africa forced Gandhi to reckon with racism and imperialism” by Mary King

October 1, 2019 | News

“How South Africa forced Gandhi to reckon with racism and imperialism” by Mary King.

Born 150 years ago, Gandhi’s perceptions about human sensibilities, social power and political truths began their transformation not in India, but South Africa.

This is Part One of a two-part analysis.

Waging Nonviolence is a free online magazine with weekly newsletters.

“Can we celebrate Gandhi’s achievements while also learning from his errors?” by Mary King

October 1, 2019 | News

“Can we celebrate Gandhi’s achievements while also learning from his errors?” by Mary King

While Gandhi is rightly criticized on untouchability and gender issues, his method of struggle has informed countless social movements over the last century.

This is Part Two of a two-part analysis, and was originally published on October 4.

Waging Nonviolence is a free online magazine with weekly newsletters.

“Mary King: On Nonviolent Civil Resistance” by Carla Morena Alvarez Velasco

September 1, 2019 | News

“Mary King: On Nonviolent Civil Resistance” by Carla Morena Alvarez Velasco

Dr. Alvarez’s interview is provided in both Spanish and English.

“Julian Bond Oral History Project: Mary King and Peter Bourne”

April 20, 2019 | Videos and Radio

“Julian Bond Oral History Project: Mary King and Peter Bourne”: An interview with Mary King and Peter Bourne for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University.