Theorizing power as a capacity for action and social participation

Bidragets oversatte titel: At konceptualisere 'magt' som en evne til handling og social deltagelse

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Power is often associated with struggles for power, and therefore with fair competition at best, domination at worst. However, since the ways we think and talk about a subject influence the ways we act in relation to it, it is important to recognize how this conceptualization of power blurs an important mutualistic dimension of power that plays an important role in the conduct of our everyday lives, and needs to play an even more significant role in a still more complex and globalized world. Starting from a notion of power as a capacity for action, this paper attempts to outline an alternative vocabulary for thinking about power. The vocabulary is not meant to replace, but rather situate the adversarial conception of power within a broader framework, encompassing both ‘power over’ and ‘power with’ relations. The framework draws on different inspirations but mainly on German–Danish critical psychology.
Bidragets oversatte titelAt konceptualisere 'magt' som en evne til handling og social deltagelse
TitelDialogue and Dbate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology
Antal sider11
ForlagCaptus Press
Publikationsdato15 maj 2015
StatusUdgivet - 15 maj 2015


  • Power
  • Critique
  • Foucault
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict
  • difference
  • social critique
  • Political action participants

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