Power, Ideology, and Control

  • John C. Oliga

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-8
  3. Metatheoretical Concerns

  4. Enlightenment and Empowerment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Pages 69-92
    3. Pages 93-117
  5. Transformation: Toward Individual Freedom and Happiness and Collective Autonomy and Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Pages 121-143
    3. Pages 199-269
  6. Concluding Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Pages 291-294
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-321

About this book


One of the great challenges we face today is coming to grips with "forces of power/' in both theoretical and methodological terms, in a way that prepares us for action—action that is not totally subject to existing forces. The literature has some excellent theoretical accounts of power, but these say little about what we should do. Most often they are abstract and out of reach of all but a select few. In this book, however, we have a clear-cut account of power, ideology, and control that paves the way for practic- minded people to make a genuine attempt at tackling issues of power on both organizational and societal levels. John C. Oliga suggests a division between what he calls "objectivist," "subjectivist," and "relational" perspectives. With objectivism, he refers to theories that focus on power as capacities located in social structures. These tend to be either synergistic (e.g., Parsonian collective) or conflictual (e.g., Marxian conflictual view) theoretical orientations. With subjectivism he discusses theories that focus on power possessed by agents. With rela­ tional approaches he places theories that conceive power as a property of interaction among social forces.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John C. Oliga
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullHullUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-45160-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-585-35130-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2846
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