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.
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