Authority: Construction and Corrosion


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What is authority? How is it constituted? How ought one understand the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) relations between authority and coercion? Between authorized and subversive speech? In this fascinating and intricate analysis, Bruce Lincoln argues that authority is not an entity but an effect. More precisely, it is an effect that depends for its power on the combination of the right speaker, the right speech, the right staging and props, the right time and place, and an audience historically and culturally ...

Authority: Construction and Corrosion 1995, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226481975

2nd edition