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Theories of Power and Domination

Theories of Power and Domination
The Politics of Empowerment in Late Modernity

  • Angus Stewart - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

January 2001 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Power and domination are central concepts in social science yet, up to now, they have been undertheorized. This wide-ranging book guides students through the complexities and implications of both concepts. It provides systematic accounts of current debates about the dynamics and rationale of state power in an era of globalization, social citizenship and the significance of social movements. The contributions of Parsons, Giddens, Foucault, Mann, Arendt, Habermas and Castells are clearly set out and critically assessed.
Power and Domination
The Dominant Perspective

Analyzing Power and Domination
Capitalism and Struggle
From the Factory to the Smart Machine

Domination or Empowerment?

Capitalism, States and Public Spheres I
Habermas' Political Journey

Capitalism, States and Public Spheres II
Empowerment in the Public Sphere

Constituting Political Community

New Social Movements
Politics of Identity and Politics of Distribution


A wonderful text. Highly recommended.

Ms Therese Lewis
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
March 17, 2015

It is an informative and critical text on the multi-dimensions of power and domination and how they are operated in modern society. Students in sociology, cultural studies will find it very helpful and accessible.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University
December 10, 2014

Stewart’s analysis is a major contribution to the understanding of power and domination in late modernity. Importantly, following developments in critical theory, Stewart reasserts the necessary normative dimension of such theorising in relation to the composition and functioning of the public sphere. Stewarts work is essential reading for anyone interested in the possibility of practical politics of social transformation. I unhesitatingly recommend this work.

Dr James Howley
Expressive arts and media, North East Worcestershire College
November 24, 2011

A book to refer back to in the future. A good intro on power perspectives is provided, with lengthy critical arguments.

Ms LB Begum
my department is not listed, University of the Arts - London
April 5, 2011

Thank you very much for the inspection copy.That is a supplemental source for the main course and can be very helpful.

Mrs Shokouh Hossein Abadi
School of Law, King's College London
November 18, 2010

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