Beyond power:unbridging Foucault and Weber


Today, very few would doubt that there are plenty of reasons to liken Weber’s and Foucault’s theories of power. Nevertheless, their respective works have divergent ethical and ontological preoccupations which should be reconsidered. This paper explores Foucault’s account of a historical episode in Discipline and Punish and Weber’s theory of life spheres, uncovering evidence that there is a need to reassess the conceptual bridges which have been built so far. The exploration reveals a radical difference between a monological theory of power (Foucault) and a multidimensional approach to power (Weber). Yet by unbridging the two thinkers and focusing on other aspects of their theories along with their ideas about power, we also find that alternative links between the two frameworks may offer a more promising critical theory.

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Divisions: ?? 41297900Jl ??
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Uncontrolled Keywords: Michel Foucault,Max Weber,power relations,theories of power,ethics and religion,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1461-7137
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 15:09
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2013-02-01
Published Online Date: 2012-06-06
Authors: Jimenez-Anca, Juan



Version: Accepted Version

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