Gene Sharp's Theory of Power: A Feminist Critique of Consent

  title={Gene Sharp's Theory of Power: A Feminist Critique of Consent},
  author={Kate McGuinness},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={101 - 115}
  • K. McGuinness
  • Published 1 February 1993
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Peace Research
Gene Sharp's theory of consensual power is analyzed in terms of the claims it makes about power and the potential for effectively altering social oppressions by applying it to a particular set of power relations: gender relations. Gender relations constitute a deeply rooted and pervasive system of oppression - patriarchy. It is argued that power in gender relations is not based on consent in several significant ways, thus challenging the relevance of Sharp's theory of power in this set of power… 

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