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The Nature of Power

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Very good condition for age with minor signs of wear. Some pencil markings throughout that can be erased.

This work presents a challenging theory concerning the nature of power. Discussing most of the conventional theories, Barnes points to a number of major shortcomings. Some theories merely coin synonyms for power, while others examine the effects of, and beliefs about, power rather than analyzing power per se. Others again, notably Talcott Parsons, offer genuinely interesting accounts of the nature of power deriving from and dependent upon untenable theories of the nature of society and social order.;Developing an original perspective of his own, Barnes sees power residing in the routines of social life and in the capacity for action which those routines represent. To be able to direct the routines of a society is to possess power within it. And the question of who is and who is not so able is established as an aspect of the distribution of knowledge in the society. Such an account offers fresh insights into the nature of power, and suggests interesting new ways of distinguishing between power, authority and influence.;This book should be of interest to those teaching and researching in many areas of sociology and politics, and an aid to those teaching and researching in this area.

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Author(s):
Barnes, Barry
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.8 x 23.5 x 2 cm
Edition:
1988
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0745600735
ISBN-13:
9780745600734
Number of pages:
205
Publisher:
Polity

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Very good condition for age with minor signs of wear. Some pencil markings throughout that can be erased.

This work presents a challenging theory concerning the nature of power. Discussing most of the conventional theories, Barnes points to a number of major shortcomings. Some theories merely coin synonyms for power, while others examine the effects of, and beliefs about, power rather than analyzing power per se. Others again, notably Talcott Parsons, offer genuinely interesting accounts of the nature of power deriving from and dependent upon untenable theories of the nature of society and social order.;Developing an original perspective of his own, Barnes sees power residing in the routines of social life and in the capacity for action which those routines represent. To be able to direct the routines of a society is to possess power within it. And the question of who is and who is not so able is established as an aspect of the distribution of knowledge in the society. Such an account offers fresh insights into the nature of power, and suggests interesting new ways of distinguishing between power, authority and influence.;This book should be of interest to those teaching and researching in many areas of sociology and politics, and an aid to those teaching and researching in this area.

Author(s):
Barnes, Barry
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.8 x 23.5 x 2 cm
Edition:
1988
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0745600735
ISBN-13:
9780745600734
Number of pages:
205
Publisher:
Polity

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