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Power : a radical view

by Steven Lukes

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A brief and helpful introduction   (2012-02-03)

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by xphilosopherking

A brief and extremely helpful introduction to the topic of power, and specifically the sociology of power in a political context. My own area of interest is specifically the study of religious conversion from Islam to Christianity and there is much to help here in this book. The author analyzes how power is not only exercised in overt, positive actions, but how power can also be exercised by not allowing issues to surface for open discussion, or even by not allowing a group to learn of a possible interest. That is actually very applicable to the topic of conversion from Islam to Christianity. In the last decades the Internet, the rise of migration and satellite TV (and other things as well) have all made the Christian message available as a live option to Muslims both within and outside of the Muslim world. Previously the political and religious authorities were able to use their power to stymie knowledge of the possibility of becoming Christian (a potential interest for people not satisfied with Islam for whatever reason). That has changed. Lukes' work gives us a helpful and well-informed framework for analyzing these changes.

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