The Four Dimensions of Power

The Four Dimensions of Power Understanding Domination, Empowerment and Democracy - Social and Political Power

Hardback (26 Jun 2020) | English

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In this accessible and sophisticated exploration of the nature and workings of social and political power, Mark Haugaard examines the interrelation between domination and empowerment. Building upon the perspectives of Steven Lukes, Michel Foucault, Amy Allen, Hannah Arendt, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu and others, Haugaard offers a clear theoretical framework, delineating power in four interrelated dimensions. The first and second dimensions of power entail two different types of social conflict. The third dimension concerns tacit knowledge, uses of truth and reification. Drawing upon genealogical theory and accounts of slavery as social death, the fourth dimension of power concerns the power to create social subjects. The book concludes with an original normative pragmatist power-based account of democracy. Offering lucid and entertaining illustrations of complex theoretical perspectives, this book is essential reading for undergraduates, postgraduates and academics, while offering an indispensable guide for activists wishing to understand domination, resistance and empowerment.

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Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526110374
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 303.3
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 532g
Height: 164mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 22mm