Power and group processes

Jack M. Barbalet*

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Theoretical discussions of power assume that power alters the behavior but not the structure of participants. A significant consequence of subordination to power, however, is that the composition, constitution and structure of agents are transformed. After identifying the fallacy of the unitary subject it is argued, and demonstrated in a case study, that power involves a disunity of the subject. These points are then integrated into a discussion of the dimensions of power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-326
Number of pages13
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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