Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Where have we got to in Understanding Power as the basis for Activism? Great new review. — Duncan Green

John Gaventa has been thinking, writing and theorising about power for at least four decades. His new essay ‘Linking the prepositions: using power analysis to inform strategies for social action’ should be on the reading lists of anyone at the wonkier end of the activist spectrum. It summarizes and reflects on some of the main frameworks for understanding power that have emerged over the last 50 years, including Stephen Lukes, Jo Rowlands and John’s own work on the Power Cube. There is a fascinating account of the practical applications of the power cube to everything from grassroots social movements in India to Fair Trade Towns in the UK.

It’s scholarly, not an easy read, and impossible to summarize in my standard blog journalese, so I’ll settle for some edited highlights to give you a flavour....
Oxfam Blogs — From Poverty to Power
Where have we got to in Understanding Power as the basis for Activism? Great new review.
Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB

3 comments:

Peter Pan said...

Forward this to Steve Grumbine.

Peter Pan said...

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