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Chapter 1: Constitution and Use of Power
Any attempt to grasp the concept of power opens a variety of different and most controversial meanings. One of those oppositions in conceptualizing power is Max Weber's view on the one hand and Hannah Arendt's on the other. To start with these two not only illustrates again the difficulty of clearly understanding one of the most familiar characteristics of our society, but also helps to get some new insights into the nature of power, its constitution and its use in society.
Max Weber understands power as the carrying out of one's will in a social relationship, something which can also be accomplished through violence: “Power” is the probability that one actor ...