A brief and extremely helpful introduction to the topic of power, and specifically the sociology of power in a political context. Just my two cents. Previously the political and religious authorities were able to use their power to stymie knowledge of the possibility of becoming Christian a potential interest for people not satisfied with Islam for whatever reason. Retrieved 4 January This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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Politics Urban Studies U. As an edited text, this does little more than give an introduction to a series of chapters, articles, and radcal of prominent power theorists which could have been Googled and curated in this way. Of primary interest is the first two chapters. Instrumental in understanding the nuances of political power. Jan 31, Poser rated it it was amazing. This is too arbitrary on at least two grounds; firstly, because the determination of 'real interests' is hardly possible and cannot be solved by pointing out the influence of democratization on the class hierarchy in Indian societies, as it may have been in the interest of the eventual satisfaction sreven many to stay within the confines yet for their cravings for more power and higher social radcal secondly, because power is all-pervasive and embedded in social structures but, more importantly, in language, every relationship is a power relationship and it is the relationships that need to be addressed, not the particular actions that do or do not coincide with personal or institutional interests.
Preview — Power by Steven Lukes. Feb 27, Steven rated it did not like it. Oct 18, Jeremy is currently reading it.
The book also doesn't rely on Foucault or Marx, which is an impressive and endearing attribute in the sea of literature that relies on one or both.
Return to Book Page. The author analyzes how power is not only exercised in overt, positive actions, but viww power can also be exercised by not allowing issues to surface for open discussion, or even by not allowing a group to learn of a possibl A brief and extremely helpful introduction to the topic of power, and specifically the sociology of power in a political radcial.
Understanding Society: Lukes on power
Steel company exerted power over the citizens and no one complained. I do appreciate your apt summary of the work, but I think you conclude wrongly that it was flawed. Don't have an account?
Feb 07, Keith rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Lukes' main interests are political and social theory, the sociology of Durkheim lues his followers, individualismrationality, the category of the person, Marxism and ethics, sociology of morality and new forms of liberalism, varieties of conceptions of powerthe notion of the "good society", rationality and relativism, moral conflict and politics.
It is possible that you fail to appreciate the value it brought in its time, and also, the value of his focus on the pure model.
Just my two cents. Poor Richard's Almanack Power Revisited reconsiders Steven Lukes' own views in light of these debates stefen of criticisms The second edition of this seminal work includes the original text, first published inalongside two major new chapters. Bias of the political system?
Karen rated it it was ok Feb 13, I like his take on ultra-Foucault power and the fact that he has incorporated James Scott's ideas in the latest edition.
Power: A Radical View by Steven Lukes
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He does so very deftly. Not the media create the largest influence on the electorate, nor does the politi Fair explanation of the several dimensions of power; fairly clear, fairly comprehensive.
The second edition of this seminal work includes the original text, first published inalongside two major new chapters. Mastering language is mastering the world. However, the text does outline the key authors on the concept of power from the s poweer s.
Fair explanation of the several dimensions of power; fairly clear, fairly comprehensive.
From to he was fellow and pkwer in politics at Balliol College. Indeed, is it not the supreme exercise of power to get another or others to have the desires you want them to have - that is, to secure their compliance by controlling their thoughts and desires? That is, like Foucault, the subject internalizes power relations.