Rationalizing oppression

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Recently, it has been claimed that rational choice theory provides the best framework for understanding how oppression is reproduced and maintained over time, particularly through the mechanism of inducing individuals to participate in their own oppression. This paper subjects this claim to critical scrutiny, drawing on a detailed discussion of the example of marital power to argue that rational choice theory does not and, indeed, cannot fully explain how individuals are compelled to participate in their own oppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Power
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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