An Analysis of Gandhi's Constructive Program Based on Galtung's Theories

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dc.contributor.authorDillon, Amy
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-05T13:40:57Z
dc.date.available2016-07-05T13:40:57Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/34948
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-736
dc.description.abstractMohandas Gandhi emphasized the importance of his constructive program as nonviolent action. This thesis examines the constructive program through the lens of Johan Galtung’s theories. The analysis illustrates the cultural and structural violence to which the program was responsive. Two examples include exploitation through industrialization, and repression through the custom of untouchability. Both examples were supported by cultural violence in the idea of superiority and inferiority between groups of peoples. The analysis demonstrates that the constructive program established cultures and structures that support cycles of nonviolence in response to existing cycles of violence. Two forms of cultural nonviolence expressed were personal social responsibility, and unity of humanity. Two forms of structural nonviolence established were nonviolent self-sufficiency with dignity, and nonviolent education. This thesis shows that Gandhi’s constructive program demonstrated eight qualities: intentionally nonviolent, voluntary, inclusive, autonomous, responsive to cultural and structural violence, self-reinforcing, context-specific, and comprehensive.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité Saint-Paul / Saint Paul University
dc.subjectnonviolence
dc.subjectstructural
dc.subjectcultural
dc.subjectconstructive
dc.subjectpeace
dc.subjectviolence
dc.titleAn Analysis of Gandhi's Constructive Program Based on Galtung's Theories
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorEaton, Heather
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineSciences humaines / Human Sciences
CollectionThèses Saint-Paul // Saint Paul Theses

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