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6 Controlling and resisting

Zhuo Ban and Heather M. Zoller


In this chapter, we discuss how power manifests in the context of management communication through the dynamic of control and resistance. The chapter covers research developments related to ideological control, disciplinary power, standpoint theory, precarity, and social change. We describe additional areas of needed development including de-centering western viewpoints and addressing macro-level social change. The chapter begins by describing different meta-theoretical influences on the study of power, followed by a discussion of major concepts related to a communicative understanding of power and resistance.

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