Is civil disobedience an effective way to resolve conflict?

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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.