Disintegration — CANVAS

Disintegration

Disintegration

“A mechanism of change in nonviolent action in which the opponent is not simply coerced, but rather its system or government is disintegrated and falls apart as a result of massive non-cooperation and defiance. The sources of power are restricted or severed by the noncooperation so completely that the opponents’ system or government simply collapses.”

CANVAS Core Curriculum (2007: 61 & 273), adapted from Gene Sharp, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century  Practice and 21st Century Potential, (Boston, MA: Porter Sargent Publishers), 2005

When disintegration occurs, the situation has a high risk for chaos. According to the CANVAS Core Curriculum, “it can be very difficult to manage because it is unpredictable what different pillars of support will do when the opponent suddenly falls. This is why, for many movements, nonviolent coercion of the opponent is a more suitable option, because a coerced transition is likely to be more stable and orderly than a disintegrated one” (2007: 62)