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Resisting MilitarismDirect Action and the Politics of Subversion$
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Chris Rossdale

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443036

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443036.001.0001

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(p.173) Chapter 7 Diversity
Resisting Militarism

Chris Rossdale

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the internal movement dynamics of British anti-militarism. It first focuses on the contested organising principle known as ‘diversity of tactics’, and on the role of nonviolence within the movement, suggesting that here we see attempts to develop movement practices which do not reproduce militarism. It demonstrates the difficult but politically valuable work of building movements which refuse to establish firm limits on tactics, and makes the argument that anti-militarism should not necessarily insist on nonviolence as an organising principle. The second half of the chapter interrogates the role of whiteness in British anti-militarism. It shows how solidarity politics, direct action tactics and the particular conceptions of militarism operating within the movement reproduce both white privilege and racialised exclusion, before considering various (and variously successful) attempts to unsettle this whiteness.

Keywords:   Militarism, Anti-militarism, Diversity of tactics, Violence, Nonviolence, Pacifism, Racism, Whiteness, White privilege

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