This Webinar took place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST.
This webinar was presented by Michael Wilson Becerril
Watch the webinar below:
1. Introduction of the Speaker: 00:00- 02:09
2. Presentation: 02:10 – 32:24
3. Questions and Answers: 32:25 – 53:53
Research shows that nonviolent means of waging a conflict are not only morally but strategically more effective than violence. Still, not much is known about when movements respond to violent repression with violence or when they will choose nonviolent resistance instead. This webinar presentation will shed light on some of the reasons why groups might transform their tactics from impromptu riots and violent responses to disciplined and strictly nonviolent means of struggle. Ethnographic evidence from four cases of gold mining conflicts in Peru will help us illustrate how, in response to an adversary’s discourse that branded resisters as criminals and terrorists, activists planned, strategized and trained in self-restraint, adopted nonviolent frames and tactics, and disciplined their public actions.
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Michael S. Wilson Becerril is a Mexico City native and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focuses on peace and conflict in Latin America. He is also a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs and a Ph.D. Fellow with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. As an undergraduate, Wilson was a co-host of a news radio show, Student Body President, and News Editor of the campus newspaper.
He is currently living in Peru and conducting fieldwork for his dissertation. His research centers on extractive industry behavior, political violence, civil resistance, and the politics of media. His work has been published in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, COHA’s Washington Report on the Hemisphere, the North American Congress on Latin America’s Report on the Americas, Waging Nonviolence, Human Rights Review, AlterNet, Tikkun, Counterpunch, and others. He can be followed on Twitter: @guidolions.
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