Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton


Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton

Heather Eaton [+-]
St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
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Heather Eaton is a Full Professor in Conflict Studies program at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. She completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in ecology, feminism and religion. Dr. Eaton has engaged with inter-religious responses to the ecological crisis, the relationship among ecological, feminist and liberation theologies, and connections between religion and science. She has also been involved in conferences, workshops, teaching and publishing in these areas. Her authored and edited books include: The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community (2014), Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics with Sigurd Bergmann (2011), Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies (2005) and Ecofeminism and Globalization: Exploring Religion, Culture, Context (2003) with Lois Ann Lorentzen. She has also published numerous academic articles. She is on the board of the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Environment and Culture, the steering committee of the Religion and Ecology session of the American Academy of Religion, and past president of the Canadian Theological Society. Her recent work includes: a) the intersection of religion, science and ecology and specifically among evolution, Earth dynamics and religious imagination; b) peace and conflict studies on gender, ecology, religion; c) animal rights; and d) nonviolence.
Lauren Michelle Levesque [+-]
Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
Lauren Michelle Levesque received her doctorate from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada in the fall of 2013. Her dissertation examined the dynamics of contemporary protest music performances, spirituality, and violence in the context of the ‘war on terror’. Upon completion of her PhD, she was awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. Dr. Levesque currently holds a sessional Lecturer position at Saint Paul University. She teaches a range of courses in the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Human Sciences: methods in spirituality, feminist ethics, and trauma, healing and reconciliation. Her research interests include: nonviolence, arts-based research, and creative modalities of grassroots peacebuilding.


Nonviolence is emerging as a topic of great interest in activist, academic and community settings. In particular, nonviolence is being recognized as a necessary component of constructive and sustainable social change. This book considers nonviolence in relationship to specific social, political, ecological and spiritual issues. Through case studies and examinations of social resistance, gender, the arts, and education, it provides specialists and non-specialists with a solid introduction to the importance and relevance of nonviolence in various contexts. Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation is organized into five sections. The first section is a set of essays on various historical and contemporary perspectives on nonviolence. The second section consists of essays on philosophical and theoretical explorations of the topic. The third and fourth sections expand the scope of nonviolence into the areas of thought and action, including Indigenous resistance, student protests, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and ecological issues. The final section takes nonviolence into the study of wonder, music, education and hope. The book will be useful to anyone working in the theories and practices of social change.

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Eaton, Heather; Levesque, Lauren. Index. Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 351-364 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781794722. Date accessed: 09 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32002. Nov 2016

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