Dream Things True: Nonviolent Movements as Applied Consciousness


  • Jack DuVall International Center on Nonviolent Conflict


Movement, Nonviolent, Consciousness, Participation, Self-organization, Solidarity, Mobilization, Summoning, Hippolyta, A Minor Quartet, James Lawson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Adam Michnik, William Barrett, Matthew Mulberry, J.W.N. Sullivan, A.D. Nuttal, F. Eliza


Nonviolent movements have become a new form of human agency. Between 1900 and 2006, more than 100 such movements appeared, and more than half were successful in dissolving oppression or achieving people's rights. Movements self-organize to summon mass participation, develop cognitive unity in the midst of dissension,  and build resilient force on the content of shared beliefs. Some movements may even be a new venue for consciousness that "grows to something of great constancy" as Shakespeare said about "minds transfigured so together."


How to Cite

DuVall, J. (2014). Dream Things True: Nonviolent Movements as Applied Consciousness. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 10(1), 106–117. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/415