Power and Truth

19 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 22 Sep 2009

Date Written: 2009


In the literature the power debate is divided between modern and postmodern positions: the former hold that power and truth are opposites, while the latter view them as mutually constitutive. This paper constitutes a sociological account of functional relationship between power and truth, in which agents use truth to create social capital and this use of power/truth supports system stability. Thus, it avoids the either/or of modern versus postmodern positions.

Keywords: Power, truth, social capital, domination, empowerment.

Suggested Citation

Haugaard, Mark, Power and Truth (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1451869

Mark Haugaard (Contact Author)

University of Galway ( email )

University Road
Galway, Co. Kildare

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