The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements (6/5)

Join the editors Dr. Lester R. Kurtz, professor of sociology at George Mason University Korea and Dr. Lee A. Smithey, associate professor of sociology at Swarthmore College, to celebrate the publication of their jointly edited book, TheParadox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements. Dr. Kurtz is the editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and Dr. Smithey is the author of Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. The central theme of the book is that political repression often paradoxically fuels popular movements rather than undermining resistance. When authorities respond to strategic nonviolent action with intimidation, coercion, and violence, they often undercut their own legitimacy, precipitating significant reforms or even governmental overthrow. The Paradoxof Repression and Nonviolent Movements brings scholars and activists together to address multiple dimensions and significant cases of this phenomenon. For more information about the book, visit


Event: Book Launch of “The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements”

Date(Time): Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (12.00-13.00)

Venue: G101 (Event Hall), George Mason University Korea

Note: Lunch provided to signed up participants