Infrasocial Power – Lorenzo Infantino

Infrasocial Power – Lorenzo Infantino

Building from the level of individual interaction, this book intends to shed light on what the author terms “infrasocial power” and the relation between this individual-actor oriented level and public power. In overviewing the origins of power, the author allows for the disaggregation of the social fabric, thus making it possible to: 1) isolate the “sequence” in which the phenomenon of superordination and subordination materialises; 2) identify the institutional “instruments” which can be used to limit infrasocial power; 3) discriminate between a social position achieved through engagement with others (and what we are capable of doing for them) from one occupied by means of force and deception; 4) explain the birth and function of public power; and 5) analyze the consequences produced by different political regimes.

Springer