Power

Author: Steven Lukes

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814750311

Category: Political Science

Page: 283

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What is power? Is it, as Betrand Russell suggested, "the production of intended effects", or is it the capacity to produce them? And which effects count? Or is Max Weber's definition of power as "the probability that an actor in a social relationship will be in a position to carry out his own will despite resistance" more accurate. What are the outcomes of power and who holds it? These are some of the fundamental questions answered in this colection of classic views of power. Steven Luke's lucid and accessible introduction on the nature of power leads to pieces by Bertrand Russell, Max Weber, Robert Dahl, Hannah Arendt, Jurgen Habermas, Talcott Parsons, Nicos Polantzas, Alvin I. Goldman, Georg Simmel, J. K. Galbraith, Michel Foucault, Gerhard Lenski and Raymond Aron. The book thus provides students of politics and sociology with all the most important readings in a key area of political theory.

Identity, power, and change

selected readings in political theory

Author: Michael A. Weinstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 227

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Readings in Classical Political Thought

Author: Peter J. Steinberger

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872205123

Category: Political Science

Page: 625

View: 4371

Designed to include all of the texts from Presocratics through Machiavelli likely to be read in an undergraduate course on classical political thought, this anthology has at its core generous selections from Plato and Aristotle. Building on this core is a sufficiently diverse and substantial selection of texts from other writers--including Thucydides and the Sophists--to allow for inquiry into the variety of Classical Greek approaches to politics, as well as into Roman, Medieval and Renaissance developments of the classical tradition. Preeminent translations and the editor’s own thoughtful introductions further distinguish this unique anthology.

Pathways to Power

Readings in Contextual Social Work Practice

Author: Michael O'Melia,Karla Krogsrud Miley

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205323142

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

View: 9511

These readings offer critical perspectives and practice applications to define and illustrate an empowerment method of social work. The organizing theme, pathways to power, focuses on how people acquire and maintain power. This book goes beyond traditional practice perspectives to include methods that emphasize social justice, environmental contexts, strengths, and collaborative partnerships with clients and others. The authors of each chapter speak directly with the reader to present their concepts, reflections, and practice examples. Their voices, whether telling personal stories or conveying professional experiences are compelling; they draw readers into the material and help readers understand the context from which their view of social work practice evolves. This book covers key theoretical perspectives, including contextual social work, social justice, multicultural competence, and social constructionism. Practice methods exemplifying empowerment social work feature policy practice, community action research, self-directed group work, grassroots community change, organizational redevelopment, community collaboration, and strengths-based approaches.

Readings in Planning Theory

Author: Susan S. Fainstein,James DeFilippis,Scott Campbell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119045061

Category: Architecture

Page: 624

View: 9657

"This fourth edition is the best-available compendium and analysis of planning theory. Remarkably, the editors manage to retain many of the foundational readings while also producing a volume that is overwhelmingly grounded in new scholarship. This expands the canon to show how theory can be inspired and produced by practitioners and scholars engaged with far more than the United States and Europe." Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Classical Sociological Theory

Author: Michael S. Kimmel,Matthew Mahler

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195187854

Category: Social Science

Page: 420

View: 9802

In an accessible and thoughtful manner, this anthology--an update of Social and Political Theory: Classical Readings (1998)--introduces students to the key classic texts in social thought. In the second edition, Michael Kimmel focuses more specifically on the discipline of sociology, rather than melding classical sociological and political theories in one volume. Taking a serious look at the canonical texts, he presents a diverse range of thinkers who were critical to the development of sociological theory and offers a more inclusive classical canon that is informed by both the historical record and the needs of contemporary students. Many of the classical theorists whose works are included here were much more influential than the canon suggested. For example, the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, and W.E.B Du Bois were widely disseminated and discussed in their time, yet they were pushed to the margins of the canon, declared to be derivative or second-rate. In attempting to set the record a bit straighter, Kimmel restores these and other forgotten thinkers to the positions they once held. The questions they posed are among the most vital theoretical and political questions of our era, evidence that classical social and political theory continues to speak to new generations of students about the issues that most affect their lives. Features new to the second edition: * Selections of key texts by Auguste Comte (Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte); Edmund Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France); John Dewey (Democracy and Education); and Elsie Clews Parsons (Women in Public Life) * Stronger disciplinary focus within sociology Classical Social Theory, Second Edition, is an ideal text for courses in the theory of sociology, the history of social theory, the history of political thought, and western philosophy.

Contemporary Social and Political Theory

An Introduction

Author: Fidelma Ashe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780335196241

Category: Philosophy

Page: 209

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"...the book is excellent and should do really well. It is well written and comprehensive, and it meets the needs of sociologists." John Scott, University of Essex

Readings in the Philosophy of Technology

Author: David M. Kaplan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742564015

Category: Philosophy

Page: 583

View: 2993

This second edition of Readings in the Philosophy of Technology examines the nature of technology as well as the effects of technologies upon human knowledge, activities, societies, and environments. The aim of philosophy of technology is to understand, evaluate, and criticize the ways in which technologies reflect as well as change human life and the natural world. Compiled specifically with students and newcomers in mind, this book explores the various ways in which societies, technologies, and environments shape one another. Readers will learn to appreciate the ways that philosophy informs our understanding of technology, and to see how technology relates to ethics, politics, nature, human nature, computers, science, food, and animals.

Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought

Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden

Author: Roxanne Leslie Euben,Muhammad Qasim Zaman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691135886

Category: Religion

Page: 516

View: 8024

An anthology of key primary texts that offer an introduction to Islamist political thought since the early twentieth century.

Kierkegaard's Influence on Social-political Thought

Author: Jon Bartley Stewart

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409434917

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 5819

Kierkegaard has been traditionally characterized as a Christian writer who placed supreme importance on the inward religious life of each individual believer. His radical view seemed to many to undermine any meaningful conception of the community, society or the state. In recent years, however, scholars have begun to correct this image of Kierkegaard as an apolitical thinker. The present volume attempts to document the use of Kierkegaard by later thinkers in the context of social-political thought. It shows how his ideas have been employed by very different kinds of writers and activists with very different political goals and agendas. Many of the articles show that, although Kierkegaard has been criticized for his reactionary views on some social and political questions, he has been appropriated as a source of insight and inspiration by a number of later thinkers with very progressive, indeed, visionary political views.

Readings in African political thought

Author: Gideon-Cyrus Makau Mutiso,S. W. Rohio

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 695

View: 9834

Political Theory

Tradition and Diversity

Author: Andrew Vincent,Australian National University. Political Science Program

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521575003

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

View: 9603

Political theory has expanded, diversified, and, some would argue, fragmented. This 1997 book presents work from leading scholars in various fields and reflects key debates in political theory. Its summary discussions will ensure it becomes a key text in political theory courses. Skillfully edited by Andrew Vincent, the book includes such topics as the relationship between history and theory; utilitarianism and rational choice; republicanism; multiculturalism and postcolonial theory; hermeneutics; feminism; communitarianism, and poststructuralism. While these chapters reflect the state of political theory, they also contemplate the state of the discipline more broadly. This will be an extremely important book for anyone studying political theory.

Gender in Political Theory

Author: Judith Squires

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745668577

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 6757

This wide-ranging and accessible book provides a thorough overview of the key debates in gender and political theory.

Critical Readings in Planning Theory

Urban and Regional Planning Series

Author: Chris Paris

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483146545

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 8539

Urban and Regional Planning Series, Volume 27: Critical Readings in Planning Theory presents a critical perspective on urban and regional planning. This book provides an understanding of various theoretical perspectives on planning. Organized into five parts encompassing 19 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the economic and social theory of planning. This text then examines the procedural planning theory, which deals with the making and implementing of plans. Other chapters consider the introduction of the systems approach to planning. This book discusses as well the theoretical respecification of the nature of town planning as it has developed under capitalism. The final chapter deals with the ideology of planning that is consistent with the view that town planning can be objectively useful. This book is a valuable resource for students of planning who want to understand planning as it is. Urban planners and engineers will also find this book useful.

The Politics of Our Selves

Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory

Author: Amy Allen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231136226

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

View: 4439

Some theorists understand the self as constituted by power relations, while others insist upon the self's autonomous capacities for critical reflection and deliberate self-transformation. All too often, these understandings of the self are assumed to be incompatible. Amy Allen, however, argues that the capacity for autonomy is rooted in the very power relations that constitute the self. Her theoretical framework illuminates both aspects of what she calls, following Foucault, the "politics of our selves." It analyzes power in all its depth and complexity, including the complicated phenomenon of subjection, without giving up on the ideal of autonomy. Drawing on original and critical readings of a diverse group of theorists, Allen shows how the self can be both constituted by power and capable of an autonomous self-constitution.

Readings in African Politics

Author: Tom Young

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253343598

Category: History

Page: 242

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Readings in African Politics provides an overview of key topics and themes that collectively contribute to an understanding of politics in Africa. The selections included here come from a wide range of Western and non-Western sources and together represent core knowledge in the field of African politics. Topic areas covered are methods for appraising the modern African state, approaches to understanding African states and their politics, dimensions of regional conflict, conflict between traditional and modern values, the politics of new social forces, and the meaning of contemporary trends. An introductory essay by Tom Young sketches the terrain of politics in Africa from national and international efforts toward development to local problems such as corruption and ethnic conflict. Readers at all levels will find even-handed coverage of politics in sub-Saharan Africa's more than 30 states from the early years of independence to today.

Encyclopedia of Power

Author: Keith Dowding

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141292748X

Category: Political Science

Page: 755

View: 8091

Collects 381 entries that discuss political science, international relations, and sociology.

The Political Theory Reader

Author: Paul Schumaker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405189975

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 5382

Utilizing 100 key readings, The Political Theory Reader explores the rich tradition of ideas that shape the way we live and the great issues in political theory today. Allows students to see how competing ideological viewpoints think about the same political issues Provides readers with direct access to authors covered in the From Ideologies to Public Philosophies text Facilitates discussions by having readings arranged thematically throughout text Extracts of works specifically chosen to focus on topics central to issues covered in chapters.