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Frameworks of Power
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Frameworks of Power

Second Edition


April 2023 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Frameworks of Power is a coherent and comprehensive account of the different frameworks for understanding power that have been advanced by influential thinkers across the social sciences. A true classic in the field, the original edition proved hugely influential and a major point of reference for scholars at all levels concerned with power.

Looking back to the classical literature on power, with special emphasis on Machiavelli and Hobbes, the book concentrates on the analysis of power - from both British and American social and political theorists, and from German Critical Theory and French theorists such as Foucault - and develops upon its theory and its application.

The second edition includes a completely new chapter, A History of the Present, which offers a timely, engaging and provocative intervention by analysing three contemporary crises - the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and climate change - using the circuits of power framework that was the central concept of the original work. 

As well as being an essential textbook for all students in social science disciplines, this wide-ranging and innovative analysis will appeal to scholars in sociology, politics, organization studies and other disciplines.

 
Frameworks Of Power Revisited
 
Power: Traditional Roots, Modern Problems
 
Political Community, Methodological Procedures And The Agency Model
 
The Power Of Intention
 
Lukes’ Dimensions And Epistemology
 
Giddens’ Critique Of Parsons And The Duality Of Structure
 
Post-structuralism, Sovereign Power And Disciplinary Power
 
Circuits Of Power: A Framework For Analysis
 
Constituting Circuits Of Power In Modernity
 
A History Of The Present

An important text to support understanding of how power impacts policy and practice. This is important for ensuring a critical understanding of why teachers work in the way that they do.

Mr Gary Pykitt
School of Education, Birmingham City University
August 30, 2023

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