The secret to effective non-violent social resistance

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Students will be able to reflectively analyze and criticize these social theories.
Students will be able to situate these social theories culturally and historically.
Students will be able to apply these theories to contemporary real life situations
and relate them to their own lives.
Students will cultivate a mindful and empathic understanding of relations with
Required Reading:
Houston Smith, What They Have That We Lack:
A tribute to the Native Americans. Web Link to required Reading:
Required videos:
Best to watch these videos in careful sequence.
1. Why we study indigenous peoples: Breaking the Cycle of Competitive Detachment –
Darcia Narvaez. (1.5 minutes)
2. The psychological benefits of tribal child-rearing methods. Darcia Narvaez (8
3. Learning from the indigenous on how to be human – interview with Darcia Narvaez.
(31 minutes).
4. More extended power-point lecture on indigenous morality and human psychological
development by Darcia Narvaez. (40 minutes) This is more advanced as it goes in to
more psychological and cultural details and will therefore take some attention and effort.

5. Our tribal nature: tribalism, politics, and evolution (restorative justice) This will offer
a big picture on what Narvaez is saying.
Required Reading: Gandhi in Social and Political Philosophy. Edited by J. Somerville and R. Santoni. p 500-507
Crash course on the History of Non-violence (13 minutes)

Gandhi and the power of non-violence (5 mins)

Jamila Raqib: The secret to effective non-violent social resistance (8 minutes)

Short Videos on Non-Violence
Movie: Gandhi non-violence speech: 2 minutes

What non-violence is all about: 3. minutes

Martin Luther King on non-violence: 8 minutes

Jesus on Non-violence
What Jesus really said – Walter Wink on Christian gospel of non-violence. (10 minutes)

Brief reading: Obituary of Walter Wink by Ken Butigan: “Turning the other cheek” What
Jesus really meant.

How Walter Wink confronted violence

Essay 1
8-10 pages. APA format, Due Monday evening at 11:59pm.
Prompt outline for essay 1
1. Offer a summary of the key ideas expressed in all of the Darcia Narvaez
videos (including the ‘our tribal nature’ video) on the significance of
indigenous socialization practices. Be sure to give attention to the distinction
between the competitive individualistic socialization of Western children
compared to the cooperative empathic socialization of tribal peoples. Why
are indigenous peoples more empathically connected to their emotional
selves, other people and nature then we are? Show you understand the social
implications of these differences.
2. Use these videos to illuminate the meaning of the Huston Smith essay on
Native American indigenous Spirituality and their overall world view. Be
sure to cover the key sections: 1. knowing what is important, 2. Symbolic
minds 3. Metaphysical accuracy.
3. How do the videos and the Smith reading support each other? In other
words, show how they mutually illuminate each other. Conclude with a
comment on what distinguishes the native American (tribal/indigenous)
approach to social reality from our own modern industrial era approach to
social reality. Why might we need to retrieve what we have lost?
Part 2
4. Show how you comprehend the main ideas of non-violence as represented in the
Walter Wink video on the non-violent core of the Christian Gospels (What Jesus
really said) as well as the brief obituary on Walter Wink’s interpretations the
Christian gospel. Be sure to show you understand the Gospel section in Mathew on
“turning the other cheek.”
5. Show your comprehension of the main ideas of the assigned reading on Gandhi
and nonviolent social theory and practice. Show you grasp the meaning of ahimsa
(non-violence or non-hurting) and Satyagraha (‘Truth power’ or “speaking truth to
power”) in the Gandhi reading. It is essential that you show your read this brief
Gandhi section.
6. How do the Gandhi teachings relate to Walter Wink’s depiction of Christian
scripture? How do these ideas contradict our usual modern “taken for granted”
assumptions about social reality and human nature?

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