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Recognition, Acknowledgement, And Acceptance

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Institutional power is dependent on the social context and on intersubjective relations between persons. The distinction between power within an institution and power constitutive of institutions implies that there must be instances of constitutive power which do not already presuppose institutions, since some constitutive power relations must already be in place for institutional relationships to emerge. Collective acceptance is accompanied by the institution of a specific form of authority. If institutional power is analysed in these terms, two important conclusions can be drawn. The first is of methodological significance to the social sciences, while the second concerns normative issues. The second, normative argument concerns three types of pathologies in instituted power which should be of special interest for social criticism.

Keywords:collective acceptance; institutional power; recognition



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