Having attempted to clarify some of the theoretical issues surrounding the nature of power, the key question to be addressed in this chapter is: how is power exercised and experienced? This will precede a more detailed consideration of the contexts within which power relations are played out (Chapter 4). It is clearly a matter of some relevance that power and its relationships can be differentiated, notwithstanding Parsons’s (1969) view that this is unnecessary. Any attempt to operationalize the concept, that is, to provide a ‘definition-in-use’, must consider the characteristics which determine its exercise in specific settings.
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