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  • ISBN: 0333166728
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  • Author: Steven Lukes
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (April 15, 1997)
  • Pages: 64 pages
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Power: A Radical View. With a new introduction and bibliographical essay, this book has consolidated its reputation as a classic work and a major reference point within Social and Political Theory

Power: A Radical View. With a new introduction and bibliographical essay, this book has consolidated its reputation as a classic work and a major reference point within Social and Political Theory. It can be used on modules across the Social and Political Sciences dealing with the concept of power and its manifestation in the world.

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Steven Michael Lukes FBA (born 1941) is a British political and social theorist. One of Lukes' academic theories is that of the "three faces of power," presented in his book, Power: A Radical View. Currently he is a professor of politics and sociology at New York University. He was formerly a professor at the University of Siena, the European University Institute (Florence) and the London School of Economics. One of Lukes' academic theories is that of the "three faces of power," presented in his book, Power: A Radical View Decision-making power is the most public of the three dimensions.

Lukes's third main move in PRV2 is to defend his conception of power as domination against rival views. Key here is Foucault. Lukes argues that Foucault's conception reduces to either an ultra-radical denial of agency or an obscure restatement of received opinion

Lukes's third main move in PRV2 is to defend his conception of power as domination against rival views. Lukes argues that Foucault's conception reduces to either an ultra-radical denial of agency or an obscure restatement of received opinion. It is in fact Lukes's greatest strength.

Published in association with the British Sociological Association. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Creative Print & Design (Wales), Ebbw Vale. To my father and Nita. Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Power: A Radical View 2 Power, Freedom and Reason 3 Three-Dimensional Power Notes Guide to Further Reading References Index. viii 1 14 60. 108 152 163 169 188.

It begins by addressing the debate that erupted in the 1950s and 1960s between those who believed that power was concentrated in the hands of a few and those who argued that power was distributed pluralistically. It then considers a set of deeper tical debates that supported Lukes’ own position, citing Antonio Gramsci’s claim that hegemony could be secured through ideology in which the ideas of the ruling class became the ruling ideas.

Steven Lukes' Power: A Radical View is a seminal work still widely used some 30 years after publication. With a new introduction and bibliographical essay, this book will consolidate its reputation as a classic work and a major reference point within social and political theory. One assesses the main debates about how to conceptualize and study power, including the influential contributions of Michel Foucault.

A Radical View (Casebook Series). Published April 15, 1997 by Palgrave Macmillan. In library, Political science, Protected DAISY, Power (Philosophy), Decision making, Power (Social sciences).

Steven Lukes' Power: A Radical View is a seminal work still widely used some 30 years after publication. The second edition includes the complete original text alongside two major new essays. One assesses the main debates about how to conceptualize and study power, including the influential contributions of Michel Foucault. The other reconsiders Steven Lukes' own views in light of these debates and of criticisms of his original argument. With a new introduction and bibliographical essay, this book will consolidate its reputation as a classic work and a major reference point within social and political theory.
Reviews about Power: A Radical View (Casebook Series) (7):
Laitchai
This is essential reading for those interested in the dynamics of power relations and, in particular, how power works to either enhance or undermine democratic participation in society. Over the course of the three essays that constitute the second edition of this book, Lukes develops an idea of power in three dimensions. In the first dimension, power is clearly visible in decision-making processes, where A exercises power over B when A's policy preferences, reflecting A's subjective interests, prevail over B's. Here, power is discernible only where a conflict of interests informs open debate over a public issue. This conflict gives rise to divergent policy preferences competing for public acceptance and political validation.

However, if one were to confine the study of power to its effects in the first dimension, that is, to the outcomes of decision-making processes, one misses other aspects of power detected in the biases of non-decision-making. Non-decision-making power is the power to keep certain issues off the table: it is the power to deny certain individuals or groups access to decision-making processes, and thus to prevent certain grievances from being translated into public issues. While decision-making power, as seen in the first dimension, may be widely distributed among various groups and individuals who alternately succeed in promoting their interests, there may be at the same time unity among these otherwise conflicting interests in preventing certain segments of the population from contributing to the discussion. The second dimension of power consists in this ability to control the agenda, to decide what gets decided--and what doesn't. Here, as in power's first dimension, power is again seen in a conflict situation, only the conflict is now covert, rendered invisible by non-decision-making power.

The third dimension of power incorporates and transcends power's first and second faces. Those who study three-dimensional power recognize not only power as it is exercised in the first and second dimensions but also power where it need not be so exercised. This occurs in the apparent absence of conflict, where power can be seen as the capacity to secure compliance to domination and thereby prevent conflicts or grievances from arising in the first place.

The third face of power is not directly visible, because the securing of willing compliance to domination does not require an explicit exercise of power. However, the mechanisms of such power (domination) are empirically accessible. They may involve the furthering of the material interests of the dominated within certain limits, as part of a class compromise, or they may involve the inculcation of ideologies that bring the dominated to accept the power structure of society as the "natural order of things" or as being divinely established. In both cases, which are not mutually exclusive, the "true interests" of the dominated are obscured; and the dominated are misled to act contrary to their real interests, chief among them being, one may argue, an interest in NOT being dominated and in having more freedom to live according to "the dictates of one's own nature and judgment."

Of course, as Lukes admits, "true interests" is a contested term. There doesn't seem to be a rigid set of objective interests with which everyone can readily identify. Rather than supplying a universal answer to the question of true interests, Lukes responds to this difficulty by providing a set of guidelines for identifying people's interests. The answer, Lukes argues, always depends on three things: the purpose of one's inquiry, one's theoretical framework, and the methods used.

Lukes also recognizes another difficulty in discussing the idea of true interests: It almost always leads to the notion of "false consciousness." False consciousness is a controversial idea, because it is often assumed to have condescending, elitist connotations. However, Lukes regards false consciousness as simply the result of being misled, many instances of which throughout history can be easily identified without much controversy. The mechanisms of false consciousness include censorship, disinformation, and "the promotion and sustenance of all kinds of failures of rationality and illusory thinking, among them the `naturalization' of what could be otherwise and the misrecognition of the sources of desire and belief" (p.149).

The third face of power, as developed by Lukes, expands the conceptual territory of power and reorients its study to include instances of power that escape the attention of those who conceive of power too narrowly, thereby limiting their observations to the realm of political participation. With this book, Lukes makes a vital contribution to the sociological study of power by revealing it as "capacity," and by showing how power works most effectively (and insidiously) when it is hidden.
Kelerana
One of my favorite theory books, and you can read it in one or two sittings. When I finished I was like "waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh." Really only a few other papers/books have so efficiently helped me make sense of the world.
Vudozilkree
Great thanks.
Hulis
I was assigned this text for a graduate course and it is very interesting. While it was hard to get my mind around the concepts of Lukes' views on power, once I did, I understood the material and understand why he is a leader in this field.
Samulkis
required school book reading
ALAN
A bit confusing at first, must read at least twice to fully comprehend the idea Luke's supports. Suitable for my upper division Poli Sci. course, I would not recommend for a newer student.
Fararala
This is probably the clearest social science book I have ever read.

Lukes deals with a vast topic and still manages to write a short and very precise book that gives a great overview about the standpoints in the discussion and presents an own convincing argument.

The first part of the book was situated in a specific debate and only deals with the asymmetrical exercise of power by A over B. Lukes third view on power adds that power might be exercised even in the absence of conflict. For example by shaping other peoples interests.

The next two chapters were written more recently and widen the focus to Power as a capacity and the question if power was a capacity, how can it be a meaningful and explanatory concept in the social sciences.

This book is easy to read not because it is an easy introduction to the debate. It is easy to read, because Lukes formulates his argument with huge precision.
A short but amazing read. I must have read it 15 times by now. Of the three types of power, as this easy to read, wonderfully cogent book describes, one is different, more persuasive, more seductive, infinitely darker, and when we ask ourselves what went wrong with the world - the answers are right there, laid out for us.

While revealing and precise, academically sound and balanced, it is the simplicity with which it describes very complex dynamics and the clarity it lends to ideas that everybody should know that makes it so impressive. Each time I read it, I get a little more from it!

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