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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theorizing Power

ISBN 9780230246560
Publication Date June 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Power is a key issue across all aspects of social life. This text provides a clear introduction to the topic, anchoring abstract ideas in real social and historical contexts. Spanning theorists from Machiavelli to Bourdieu, the text unravels complex concepts to carefully show the relationship between power and society.

JONATHAN HEARN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He teaches on the topics of power, nationalism, and liberal forms of society. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Political Power, and is the author of Claiming Scotland: National Identity and Liberal Culture and Rethinking Nationalism: A Critical Introduction.

Preface and Acknowledgements
PART I: CONCEPTUALIZING POWER
Introducing Key Issues
Meet the Family: Domination, Authority and Legitimacy
PART II: THEORIZING POWER
European Sources
American Debates
Epistemological Approaches
Evolutionary Approaches
PART III: INVESTIGATING POWER
Domination, Authority and Legitimacy in Liberal Society
Religion and Morality
Gender, Power and Patriarchy
Identity and Personhood
Conclusion: To and Over, Is and Ought

Reviews

"Theorizing Power is a beautifully written introduction to the most important debates in the field. The text explains definitions and concepts of power in the clearest way I have ever read." – Richard Jenkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield, UK
"This book is quietly brilliant. With care, historical sympathy and critical distance, the book manages to do what many do not. It brings together theory and the world." - Paul James, Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity, RMIT, Australia
"An excellent book which covers an impressive range of themes, ideas and debates in extremely clear and engaging way. Students will find the book easy to read, enjoyable and stimulating. A major contribution to current debates on 'power' within the social sciences." – Robert Gibb, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow, UK
"Theorizing Power is a lucid mapping of the major theoretical dimensions of power, discussing it at all levels, from community and state to the evolution of social institutions. A strikingly argued text, useful for students and researchers alike." - Randall Collins, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
"A clear, readable and insightful overview of theories of power. Providing an interdisciplinary and historical view of power in action, it is an ideal launching pad for those studying the topic" - G. William Domhoff, Research Professor in Psychology and Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
"Theorizing Power is an admirable work. It has clarity in its prose that makes somewhat impenetrable authors like Bourdieu accessible for students and those uninitiated in the higher mysteries of continental theory. It also provides a conceptual framework for analysing contemporary power relations which other academics may find quite useful in their research." - Gwilym David Blunt, Temporary University Lecturer in the Department of POLIS and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK
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