dialectic of control

dialectic of control

the two-way character of power as a form of control in which the less powerful are usually able to exert some control over the more powerful, e.g. the personal assistant who the manager must keep sweet if he or she is to perform his or her duties willingly. The assumption here is that purely ‘alienative’ forms of power are relatively rare (see TYPES OF COMPLIANCE).
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The artist also weaves in pharmaceutical bar codes and silhouetted pills, intertwining the unruly and organic yet measured and recorded medical body with the coercive system of the drug industry and its dialectic of control and release.
Influenced by Hegel, Benjamin defines a dialectic of control like this: "If I completely control the other, then the other ceases to exist, and if the other completely controls me, then I cease to exist" (53).
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Placing unstable ecosystems inside the temperature-controlled gallery environment, Larner's "Cultures" embed a dialectic of control and chance in their sterile surroundings.