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Relational, structural and systemic forms of power: the ‘right to justification’ confronting three types of domination

Azmanova, Albena (2018) Relational, structural and systemic forms of power: the ‘right to justification’ confronting three types of domination. Journal of Political Power, 11 (1). pp. 68-78. ISSN 2158-379X. (doi:10.1080/2158379X.2018.1433757)

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Abstract

This article investigates the nature of intellectual critique and social criticism Rainer Forst’s critical theory of justification enables. I introduce a taxonomy of three forms of power – namely, ‘relational’, ‘structural’ and ‘systemic’ – and related to them types of domination, and assess the capacity of Forst’s conceptual framework to address each of them. I argue that the right to justification is a potent tool for emancipation from structural and relational forms of domination, but claim that Forst’s particular conceptualisation of power prevents him from addressing injustices generated by ‘systemic domination’ – the subjection of all actors to the functional imperatives of the system of social relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/2158379X.2018.1433757
Uncontrolled keywords: meta-rights, power, domination, capitalism, Marx
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Albena Azmanova
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2018 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65864 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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