Category Archives: Power

Power Relations in Qualitative Research

This article focuses on the tensions between the commitment to power redistribution of the qualitative paradigm and the ethical and methodological complexity inherent in clinical research. Qualitative inquiry, in general, though there are significant variations between its different paradigms and … Continue reading

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 Charles Wright Mills: power, craftsmainship, and private troubles and public issues

Charles Wright Mills was one of the most influential radical social theorists and critics in twentieth century America. Here we focus on his connecting of private troubles and public issues; his exploration of power relationships; and his approach to ‘doing’ … Continue reading

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The Power of Public Opinion

Here, Holmes hits upon several threads that form some of the backbone of social psychology: we tend to behave quite differently when we expect to be observed than when we don’t and we are acutely responsive to prevailing social mores … Continue reading

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The dynamics of change: dealing with power dynamics

Read Politics and power are at the heart of any effective multi-stakeholder processes, MSP. After all, power differences are often at the root of economic and social inequality, unsustainable resource use and conflict. Not recognising this, or ignoring its implications, … Continue reading

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Local Democracy, Rural Community, and Participatory School Governance

Read This article considers the indigenization of democracy by conceptualizing participatory deliberative decision-making practice as a tool to strengthen the functioning of local schools and to enhance democratic responsiveness within communities. Drawing on case-studies of bottom-up approaches to school governance, … Continue reading

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The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People

Read Throughout history civilization has been shaped by war. Now, after a century of unprecedented devastation, it seems humankind is preparing to embark on another cycle of violence. Are we condemned to be in a state of perpetual warfare? In … Continue reading

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Social capital and political bias in knowledge sharing

Read The benefits of social capital for the sharing of knowledge are frequently emphasized in the literature. However, a few authors have also begun to draw our attention towards the drawbacks of social capital for the working of organizations. In … Continue reading

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Power and Action in Critical Theory Across Disciplines – Implications for Critical Community Psychology

Read   Although critical scholarship and community psychology share similar aspirations, the links between them remain unexplored and under-theorized. In this article we explore the implications of critical scholarship in various specialties for the field of community psychology. To understand … Continue reading

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