An edited collection which examines the theoretical issues surrounding power, and particularly empowerment, which uses ethnographic analysis as its basis. It takes material from the Middle East, Canada, Columbia, Australasia and various parts of Europe and Africa. It looks particularly at the extent to which traditionally disempowered groups gain influence in postcolonial or multicultural settings, and at how power relates to economic development, gender and environmentalism.

chapter 1|12 pages

Power in the postmodern era


chapter 2|14 pages

Empowering ambiguities


chapter 3|14 pages

The discursive space of schooling

chapter 4|14 pages

‘Father did not answer that question’

chapter 5|16 pages

The reach of the postcolonial state

chapter 6|16 pages

The guardians of power

chapter 8|16 pages

Land and re-empowerment

chapter 9|14 pages

Indigenisation as empowerment?

chapter 10|16 pages

Exploitation after Marx


chapter 11|14 pages

Evading state control

chapter 12|12 pages

Authority versus power

chapter 13|16 pages

Speaking truth to power?

chapter 14|16 pages

Machiavellian empowerment and disempowerment