Phenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and Violence

Phenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and Violence

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231544566
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 363 KB

About the Author

Heinrich Popitz (1925–2002) was professor of sociology and founding director of the Institute for Sociology at the University of Freiburg. In 1971-72, he was Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research.

Gianfranco Poggi is professor of sociology at the University of Trento and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and the European University Institute.

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction
Translator's Note
1. The Concept of Power
Part I: Forms of Enforcement
2. Violence
3. Threatening and Being Threatened
4. The Authority Bond
5. Needs for Authority: The Change in Social Subjectivity
6. Technical Action
Part II: Forms of Stabilization
7. Processes of Power Formation
8. Power and Domination: Stages of the Institutionalization of Power

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Hans Joas

Finally, the phenomenology of power, developed by one of the most creative German social theorists of the postwar era, reaches the English-speaking world. Written in the style of Georg Simmel, it offers a goldmine of insights for contemporary discussions.

Karin Knorr Cetina

Popitz offers a uniquely systematic treatment of power in which earlier concepts from Aristotle to Weber and Foucault are integrated. He also extends previous accounts through new concepts and distinctions, ranging from standard setting power to data power, and by a captivating analysis of how power emerges from universal human concerns with the future and is linked to our capacities to change our environment and our world. A must read for all students and analysts of power.

Andreas Wimmer

Popitz's anatomy of power as an integral part of the human condition is perhaps the most important theoretical statement after Weber.

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