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The SAGE Handbook of Power

The SAGE Handbook of Power

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Stewart R Clegg - The University of Sydney
  • Mark Haugaard - National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, National University of Ireland, Ireland

February 2009 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Power is arguably one of the key concepts within the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Power is the first touchstone for any student or researcher wishing to initiate themselves in the state of the art.

Internationally acclaimed, Stewart R Clegg and Mark Haugaard have joined forces to select a collection of papers written by scholars with global reputations for excellence. These papers bridge different conceptual and theoretical positions and draw on many disciplines, including politics, sociology and cultural studies. The sweep and richness of the resulting handbook will help readers contextualise and grow their understanding of this dynamic and important subject area.

'Power to' versus 'Power over' in Consensual, Functionalist and Conflict Theory
Gerhard Göhler
'Power to' and 'Power over'
Keith Dowding
Rational-Choice Perspectives
Peter Morriss
Liberal Theories
Charles Tilly
Democratic Theories
Rob Stones
Power and Structuration Theory
Jacob Torfing
Power and Discourse: Towards an Anti-Foundationalist Concept of Power
Rolland Munro
Actor-Network Theory
Richard Jenkins
Power, Efficacy and Resources: Perspectives from Anthropology
John Allen
Powerful Geographies: Spatial Shifts in the Architecture of Globalization
Mitchell Dean
Three Conceptions of the Relationship between Power and Liberty
Nigel Rapport
Power and Identity
Fredrik Engelstad
Culture and Power
Mark Haugaard
Hegemony and Power
Raymond Daniel Gordon
Legitimacy and Power
Siniša Maleševi?
Collective Violence and Power
Amy Allen
Gender and Power
Stewart Clegg
Managing Power in Organizations: The Hidden History of Its Constitution
David Courpasson and Françoise Dany
Cultures of Resistance in the Workplace
Kevin Ryan
Power and Exclusion
Robert Jessop
State and Power
Phillip G Cerny
International Relations and Power
Stewart Clegg and Mark Haugaard
Conversations in Conclusion

'This edited book by Stewart Clegg and Mark Haugaard, with twenty essay contributions from international scholars, is not a conventional easy reader but a handbook that offers many thought-provoking views of power...It traverses an enormous intellectual territory... and addresses many of the complex issues surrounding the visible, less visible and hidden aspects of power...The essays go way beyond superficial normative ideas of power into the strategic clarification of existing debates and new and challanging propositions surrounding power'
Judy Johnston
Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney

Bryan S. Turner
The Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston

"Remarkable for its findings and its implications, this book looks at the centrality of power (which can be characterized as 'power over', 'power to,' 'power with') to life and at how people use or surrender to power."

L. Braude
SUNY Fredonia

"I recommend it most strongly and think that it will be very useful indeed. A great addition to the literature."

John Urry
Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Provides a wider context to the role of power and politics in organisations at times of transformational change.

Mr Atul Patel
Faculty of Management, CASS Business School
June 7, 2016

This is a very relevant and essential book for all engaged with critical (social) research.

Mr Noel Clycq
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp
May 6, 2015

Excellent reference book on the subject.

Professor Pedro Correia
Public Administration, University of Lisbon
January 28, 2015

This is being recommended to our MaST specialist teachers in their second year, as an introduction to some of the issues which they may need to consider when they go forward to write their Masters’ dissertations. It provides a good background read in an accessible form.

Mrs Pauline Palmer
Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
October 9, 2013

Only used for students interested in this topic

Dr Lmm Houweling
Instituut voor Ecologische Pedagogiek, Hogeschool Utrecht
September 9, 2013

An incredibly valuable text, I cover power in two of my courses and for those students who have a particular interest in it, I will recommend this as essential reading. Very accessible, thorough and offering both breadth and depth to the topic.

Ms Victoria Pagan
Business School, Newcastle University
May 15, 2013

This is an excellent book - for both referencing and theoretical information, which both undergraduate and postgraduate students can utilise

Mrs Fiona Porter
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
April 30, 2013

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