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Is civil disobedience an effective way to resolve conflict?

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kute-gurl | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM via web

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Is civil disobedience an effective way to resolve conflict?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Civil disobedience is not exactly a way to resolve conflict. Rather it is a means of resistance to oppression. In fact, people who engage in civil disobedience are often trying to provoke conflict in the hopes that they can draw attention to injustice. So Gandhi's "march to the sea" to collect salt in violation of British law, or the voter registration drives in the American South by civil rights workers, were attempts to demonstrate injustice by violating laws. They hoped that these actions would bring about social and political change, and while they were certainly effective means of protest, they are not exactly conflict resolution strategies.


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