normally illuminating to them if this is expressed discursively, in the meta language of social science’ (Giddens, 1984, p.328). In these terms, as theory, Micropolitics is an exercise in conceptual mapping. The aim is to establish a set of analytical tools—power, goal diversity, ideological disputation, conflicts, political activity and control—which can be employed in specific settings towards the understanding of social practices. The concepts are intricately related.
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