2004
Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1385-1535
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7324

Abstract

Power as the central concept for the analysis of causality in social life: A conceptual-analytical elaboration

Reinoud Bosch

This article provides a description of a conceptual analysis of ‘power’. Defining ‘power’ as ‘the relative ability to affect or receive’, a method for conceptual analysis is posited and examples are provided of the conceptual analysis of power. An overview is provided of the resulting categories and subcategories of the concept, and possibilities for the use of the concept as a sensitizing concept in the analysis of causality in social life are indicated.

In their replies Fred Wester and Harrie Jansen discuss some aspects of causality and power that need further attention. In his reaction Reinoud Bosch further elaborates on his perspective on the power concept.

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