By Kristina E. Thalhammer, Paula L. O’Loughlin, Sam McFarland, Myron Peretz Glazer, Penina Migdal Glazer, Sharon Toffey Shepela, Nathan Stoltzfus (auth.)
During occasions of injustice, a few participants or teams courageously face up to maltreatment of everyone, despite backgrounds. utilizing a number of case reports, this publication introduces readers to the large spectrum of brave resistance and offers a framework for studying the standards that inspire and maintain competition to human rights violations.
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We conclude by considering how these findings complement existing research on questions related to courageous resistance. We hope that lessons learned from studying such courageous resistance will inspire and empower even more people to act for justice. The Appendix that follows looks at some ways we can apply the lessons we have learned from studying these courageous resistors. Using the analytical models described in Chapter 2, we provide specific ideas for ways that individuals can strengthen the preconditions and networks that support courageous action.
Psychologists believe that people’s early attachments to primary caregivers help lay the foundation for future relationships and are particularly important for empathy and caring. For example, studies on rescuers of Jews from the Nazis showed that rescuers generally had stronger attachments to relatively 22 COURAGEOUS RESISTANCE lenient parents. The rescuers’ parents held them to high standards in their treatment of others and modeled this caring and responsibility for others in their own behavior (Oliner and Oliner 1988, 249–50).
And in order to help them, unfortunately we had to lie” (Hallie 1979, 126–28). Paul Rusesabagina’s refusal to join in the killing of Tutsi and moderate Hutus likewise reflected his principles: “I kept telling them, ‘I don’t agree with what you’re doing,’ just as openly as I am telling you now. I’m a man who’s used to saying no when I have to. That’s all I did—what I felt like doing. Because I never agree with killers. I didn’t agree with them. I refused, and I told them so” (Gourevitch 1998, 127).
Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People by Kristina E. Thalhammer, Paula L. O’Loughlin, Sam McFarland, Myron Peretz Glazer, Penina Migdal Glazer, Sharon Toffey Shepela, Nathan Stoltzfus (auth.)