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“The Lightning of Possible Storms”

“The Lightning of Possible Storms”

Theories of Social Change

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After the Protests are Heard
Sharon D. Welch
NYU Press

Once we recognize that a situation is unjust, once we grant the imperative of including the voices and experiences of all peoples, how then do we work together to build just and creative institutions? A twofold form of social engagement, with as much attention to implementation and impact as to critique or vision, is possible because of nuanced histories of successful social movements and of contemporary developments in the behavioral sciences. This chapter explores what it means to live out a theology of liberation from the point of view of the oppressor who genuinely sees the cost of systemic injustice, sees their/our role in perpetuating that system, and commits to using their/our power in solidarity with the oppressed and in the service of equitable human flourishing.

Keywords:   catalytic social engagement, strategic nonviolence, Chenoweth and Stephan, Robin Wall Kimmerer, protests, honor Codes, Kwame Anthony Appiah, criminal Justice Reform, Applied behavioural science, Windigo

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