Phenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and Violence by Heinrich PopitzPhenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and Violence by Heinrich Popitz

Phenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and Violence

byHeinrich PopitzIntroduction byAndreas Göttlich, Jochen Dreher

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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In Phenomena of Power, one of the leading figures of postwar German sociology reflects on the nature, and many forms of, power. For Heinrich Popitz, power is rooted in the human condition and is therefore part of all social relations. Drawing on philosophical anthropology, he identifies the elementary forms of power to provide detailed insight into how individuals gain and perpetuate control over others. Instead of striving for a power-free society, Popitz argues, humanity should try to impose limits on power where possible and establish counterpower where necessary.

Phenomena of Power delves into the sociohistorical manifestations of power and breaks through to its general structures. Popitz distinguishes the forms of the enforcement of power as well as of its stabilization and institutionalization, clearly articulating how the mechanisms of power work and how to track them in the social world. Philosophically trained, historically informed, and endowed with keen observation, Popitz uses examples ranging from the way passengers on a ship organize deck chairs to how prisoners of war share property to illustrate his theory. Long influential in German sociology, Phenomena of Power offers a challenging reworking of one of the essential concepts of the social sciences.

Heinrich Popitz (1925-2002) was professor of sociology and founding director of the Institute for Sociology at the University of Freiburg. In 1971-72, he was Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research.Gianfranco Poggi is professor of sociology at the University of Trento and emeritus professor of sociology at the Un...
Title:Phenomena of Power: Authority, Domination, and ViolenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Editors' IntroductionTranslator's NoteAcknowledgments1. The Concept of PowerPart I: Forms of Enforcement2. Violence3. Threatening and Being Threatened4. The Authority Bond5. Needs for Authority: The Change in Social Subjectivity6. Technical ActionPart II: Forms of Stabilization7. Processes of Power Formation8. Power and Domination: Stages of the Institutionalization of PowerNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

In times of globalization, localization, and rapid technicization, the appearance of power becomes increasingly complicated. Its inquiry calls for a comprehensive theoretical viewpoint, like the one Heinrich Popitz develops in Phenomena of Power. He conceives of power as one of essential phenomena of human sociation, distinguishes four fundamental and anthropological forms of power, and articulates them in detail. Readers of this volume will acquire an appropriate viewpoint for inquiring into power.