Category Archives: Power

Political Psychology: Critical Approaches to Power

Critical aspects of political psychology should be a rich territory for a critical study. Politics, government, and citizenship are aspects of work that usually develop debates and critical analysis, but academic political psychology is, so far, very cautious or not … Continue reading

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Community Psychology: Subjectivity, Power, Collectivity

For us, the dominant, ubiquitous, mainstream version of community psychology discussed, which is widely claimed by its proselytizers to: promote wellness; liberate; promote social justice; and to ‘empower’, is actually, as Seedat et al. assert, characterized by ‘discriminatory approaches’, ‘hegemonic … Continue reading

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The Self-Organisation of Politics, Power and the Nation State

Society is self-organising or re-creative in the sense that new emergent structures result from interactions of actors, these structures enable and constrain actions and stimulate further practices. Political self-organisation is a reflexive process where political agents co-ordinate their actions in … Continue reading

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The Powers of Association

Bruno Latour. This article starts with a paradox: when an actor simply has power nothing happens and s/he is powerless; when, on the other hand, an actor exerts power it is others who perform the action. It appears that power … Continue reading

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The Politics of Misinformation

The Politics of Misinformation is a critical examination of how and why the public has confidence in political progress and innovation even though most change is superficial. Concentrations of social and economic power produce illusions that create the impression of … Continue reading

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Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice and Inequality

Rising social, political and economic inequality in many countries, and rising protest against it, has seen the restoration of the concept of ‘class‘ to a prominent place in contemporary anthropological debates. A timely intervention in these discussions, this book explores … Continue reading

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When will ordinary people rise up? How a united voice of the public could transform the world

Public uprisings and mass occupations have become a significant force for change on the world stage since 2011, as evidenced in the Middle East revolutions and Occupy protests across North America and Europe. This essay explores the nature of this … Continue reading

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The power relations of education have reversed

The classroom as we know it, invented by the Prussians a hundred and fifty years ago, and adopted across Europe and America as Germany rose to world power status, features a teacher sitting before a chalkboard while the pupils sit … Continue reading

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The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality

In The Right to Look, Nicholas Mirzoeff develops a comparative decolonial framework for visual culture studies, a field that he has helped to create and shape. Casting modernity as an ongoing contest between visuality and countervisuality, or “the right to … Continue reading

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Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power

This document presents details on the wealth and income distributions in the United States, and explains how we use these two distributions as power indicators. Some of the information may come as a surprise to many people. In fact, I … Continue reading

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