The Paradox of Empowerment : Suspended Power and the Possibility of Resistance, Hardback Book

The Paradox of Empowerment : Suspended Power and the Possibility of Resistance Hardback



Wendt provides a collection of critical stories examining the power and politics of organizational life.

He looks at workers in frustrating situations and explores a new type of power that is simultaneously beneficial and detrimental.

The talk, language, and discourse that constitute the micro-paradoxes of work life are investigated. Starting with the concept of corporate hegemony, Wendt looks at its language, provides stories illustrating hegemony, and helps the reader envision how hegemony carries over to other social realms like higher education.

After exploring the possibility of counter-hegemonic resistance, including tactical storytelling, Wendt sets forth a new theory of suspended power.

While he shows there is no clear answer or response to the politics of corporate hegemony because it is a persistent dilemma, he points the reader to the uses of critical theory to understand and adjust to contemporary power dynamics.

Of particular interest to scholars and students involved with communication, management, and cultural studies.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Communication studies
  • ISBN: 9780275972332



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