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The Paradox of Empowerment

The Paradox of Empowerment


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About the Book

Wendt provides a collection of critical stories examining the power and politics of organizational life. He looks at workers in frustrating situations and explores a new type of power that is simultaneously beneficial and detrimental. The talk, language, and discourse that constitute the micro-paradoxes of work life are investigated.

Starting with the concept of corporate hegemony, Wendt looks at its language, provides stories illustrating hegemony, and helps the reader envision how hegemony carries over to other social realms like higher education. After exploring the possibility of counter-hegemonic resistance, including tactical storytelling, Wendt sets forth a new theory of suspended power. While he shows there is no clear answer or response to the politics of corporate hegemony because it is a persistent dilemma, he points the reader to the uses of critical theory to understand and adjust to contemporary power dynamics. Of particular interest to scholars and students involved with communication, management, and cultural studies.


About the Author:

RONALD F. WENDT is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include leadership, power relations, organizational paradox, and social movements. Professor Wendt's work appears in a number of scholarly journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Studies, and Management Communication Quarterly.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275972332
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 22 mm
  • Weight: 485 gr
  • ISBN-10: 027597233X
  • Publisher Date: 30 Apr 2001
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 224
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Suspended Power and the Possibility of Resistance
  • Width: 162 mm


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