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Counterpower Group
Theorizations of Power



This working group widens theorizations of power beyond its paradigmatic forms: power as domination, power as embodied in the State, or power in the empirical terms understandably preferred by the social sciences. Its theorizations will get so wide, in fact, that power will no longer be in any strict sense an object of study, but a framework for critically and dynamically understanding the greater world. We'll pull from thinkers who explicitly theorize about power— Foucault, De Jouvenel, Michael Mann, Steven Lukes, Gerhard Lenski, Hannah Arendt, James C. Scott— as well as translate nearly everything else we can get our hands on into commensurably dynamic terms.

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