Peter Hall, Department of Sociology, publishes book titled “The Meta-Power Paradigm: Impacts and Transformations of Agents, Institutions, and Social Systems” (Peter Lang Publishers)Image of

Peter Hall, Department of Sociology, publishes book titled “The Meta-Power Paradigm: Impacts and Transformations of Agents, Institutions, and Social Systems” (Peter Lang Publishers)

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“This work presents, elaborates, and illustrates what is arguably the most important concept in the social sciences: power. It focuses particularly on a major class of power phenomena, meta-power, that is, power over power, transformative and structuring power. This encompasses powers to establish, reform, and transform social systems (institutions, power hierarchies, cultural formations, and socio-technical and infrastructural systems). Understanding meta-power is essential to the effective analysis of the formation of societal structures, their dynamics and evolution. This collection presents numerous illustrations and case studies at local, meso, and macro levels, showing how meta-powering is mobilized and operates in different contexts. The book should be of particular interest to business and management researchers, anthropologists, historians, legal scholars, political scientists, and, of course, sociologists.”