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Empowerment Gone Bad: Communicative Consequences of Power Transfers

Empowerment Gone Bad: Communicative Consequences of Power Transfers Empowerment as a positively connoted concept has been studied extensively in applied research in different fields. Yet its unfavorable, paradoxical character has so far not received enough theoretical attention to make it possible to improve empowerment efforts. In this theoretically informed analysis of the processes that lead to the paradox of empowerment, the author argues that it evolves from discrepancies between approaching empowerment from a structural versus a communicative viewpoint: empowerees’ agency might be increased on a structural level but simultaneously decreased on a communicative level, leaving them feeling disempowered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World SAGE

Empowerment Gone Bad: Communicative Consequences of Power Transfers

Empowerment Gone Bad: Communicative Consequences of Power Transfers

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World , Volume 2: 1 – Oct 20, 2016

Abstract

Empowerment as a positively connoted concept has been studied extensively in applied research in different fields. Yet its unfavorable, paradoxical character has so far not received enough theoretical attention to make it possible to improve empowerment efforts. In this theoretically informed analysis of the processes that lead to the paradox of empowerment, the author argues that it evolves from discrepancies between approaching empowerment from a structural versus a communicative viewpoint: empowerees’ agency might be increased on a structural level but simultaneously decreased on a communicative level, leaving them feeling disempowered.

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2378-0231
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2378-0231
DOI
10.1177/2378023116672869
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Abstract

Empowerment as a positively connoted concept has been studied extensively in applied research in different fields. Yet its unfavorable, paradoxical character has so far not received enough theoretical attention to make it possible to improve empowerment efforts. In this theoretically informed analysis of the processes that lead to the paradox of empowerment, the author argues that it evolves from discrepancies between approaching empowerment from a structural versus a communicative viewpoint: empowerees’ agency might be increased on a structural level but simultaneously decreased on a communicative level, leaving them feeling disempowered.

Journal

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic WorldSAGE

Published: Oct 20, 2016

Keywords: empowerment; disempowerment; paradox; reciprocity; paternalism; agency

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