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The Circular Structure of Power : Phronesis Series - Torben Bech Dyrberg

The Circular Structure of Power

Phronesis Series

Paperback Published: 17th June 1997
ISBN: 9781859841525
Number Of Pages: 306

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A wide-ranging investigation of the concept of power. Few concepts in social theory have been used so extravagantly in recent years as the notion of power. Yet despite its inflated presence, the term is still unclear and undertheorized. In The Circular Structure of Power, Torben Dyrberg rises to the challenge of conceptualizing power through a philosophical examination of its uses in contemporary social theory. Drawing on the insights of Michel Foucoult, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Dyrberg brings this continental tradition into a creative dialogue with the Anglo-American tradition represented by figures such as Steven Lukes, William Connolly, Peter Bachrach and Morton Baratz. Moreover, Dyrberg moves from such abstract considerations to their implications for political and democratic theory through an examination of the work of thinkers as diverse as Robert Dahl, John Rawls, J?rgen Habermas and Nicos Poulantzas. Simultaneously engaging with and defying many of the dominant definitions of power, Torben Dyrberg destabilizes and undermines the conventional distinctions and polarities through which power is usually understood. The new perspective offered to us by this investigation is one which goes beyond the assumption that power can be based on and derived from either agency or structure, as if these categories themselves were not somehow constituted by power.

Introductionp. 1
Power as an Influence Term and Decision Makingp. 20
Power, Causality and Political Agency in the Community Power Debatep. 50
Power, Identity and Political Authority: Foucault's Power Analyticsp. 85
The Presuppositionless Conception of Power: Power as Negativityp. 116
Identity and the Politics of Subjective and Real Interestsp. 156
Democracy and the Politics of Interests and the Common Goodp. 183
Postscript on Conceptualizing Powerp. 238
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 286
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ISBN: 9781859841525
ISBN-10: 185984152X
Series: Phronesis Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 17th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1