Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
Power is defined in various ways in different theoretical perspectives. Generally, it is seen as the capacity of an individual to achieve desired outcomes against the wishes or interests of another. Alternatively, it is defined as a positive capacity to make things happen.
Power is a key concept in social science that raises questions about who is best positioned to identify when power is being exercised and whose interests are being served. Power in family relationships is complex, not [Page 158]least because it is not generally part of how people discuss their family lives. Rather, in contemporary European and New World societies, power is seen as a political language that is at odds with family ideals of love and togetherness. But analyses of power in family ...