in International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies

par Courpasson, David (19..-....)

Édité par Sage Publications 2008 - 402-404 P. - En anglais

ISBN : 978-1-4129-1515-1


Domination is undoubtedly one of the most ancient political concepts. It is also an eternal feature of societies and organizations. Nobody can conceal the fact that in the long run, every type of society rests upon a social and political equilibrium established upon institutionalized kinds of relationship that Weber termed “domination.” Usually, domination is defined as a relationship where A affects B in a manner contrary to B's interests. Using the concept of domination obliges one, therefore, immediately to account for the astonishing variety of the mechanisms and practices of domination. If domination can be understood at first glance as the structuration of patterns of command and obedience, institutionalizing the dissymmetry between social actors within a given polity, the ways through which this structure is designed, maintained, and eventually, legitimized or contested are diverse and numerous. Among the manifold types of domination that have been put forward over the last ...

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