Democracy and Domination

Democracy and Domination : Technologies of Integration and the Rise of Collective Power

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Drawing on the genealogical tradition developed by Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault,Democracy and Domination argues that from the time of Ancient Greece to the present, the collective and centralizing aspects of power have been expanding in the Western world. Modern democracy should be seen as a system of domination that assists in the coordination and expansion of collective power.show more

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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739122150
  • 9780739122150

Review quote

Koch and Zeddy's Democracy and Domination uses a Foucauldian analysis of power to revive the Nietzschean critique of democracy. Understanding the historical rise of democracy in the West as ever more efficient techniques of domination, the authors argue that democracy is a specific form of social control constituted through knowledge production and the collectivization of power. The incisive historical and material analysis is sure to spark controversy and discussion among political theorists and students of democracy. -- William L. Niemi, Western State College of Colorado Democracy and Domination is an ambitious historical study of the integration and disintegration of Western institutions of sovereign power from the ancient Greek /polis/ to twenty-first century globalization. Placing particular emphasis on the integrating and legitimizing capacities of 'soft' forms of domination-literacy, technologies of knowledge dissemination, agencies of socialization, education, and democracy-Koch and Zeddy conclude that Western democracy is a Janus-faced form of legitimizing power. -- Wayne Gabardi, Idaho State Universityshow more

About Andrew M. Koch

Andrew M. Koch is professor of government and justice studies at Appalachian State University and author ofPoststructuralism and the Politics of Method,Romance and Reason: Ontological and Social Sources of Alienation, andKnowledge and Social Construction. Amanda Gail Zeddy has been an adjunct professor of American Government and Politics at Appalachian State University and is currently working on her PhD at the University of California at Santa Barbara.show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. The Study of Domination Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Athens and Rome: Dissemination, Identity, and the Rise of Central Power Chapter 4 Chapter 3. The Middle Ages: Domination and Administration in an Age of Illiteracy Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Birth of the Nation-State and the Rise of Humanism Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Democracy, Industrial Production, and the Rise of National Power Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Collective Power in the Twenty-first Century Chapter 8 Concluding Remarksshow more