The shapes of power: Sociological perspectives on the encounter between state and citizen’ is a textbook that presents six different theoretical perspectives applied to different areas within the practice field one could call the encounter between the state and the citizen.   

The six theoretical perspectives are: genealogical analysis, field analysis, system theoretical analysis, discourse analysis, interactionist analysis and institutional analysis. The focal point is a number of theories/theorists all frequently employed these days by students and researchers of social work and treating people. Each perspective is presented with a short biographical introduction to the central theorist, an outline of the main theoretical concepts that are relevant to the analysis of the encounter between the state and the citizen. 

The purpose of the book is twofold: Firstly, the analyses should clarify how analyses of actual practice turn out very differently, depending on the chosen theory, secondly, the book should introduce important theorists related to the object of analysis: the encounter between the state and the citizen.   

The book addresses students and practitioners within the field of treating people.  


“Perfect as a theoretical textbook for the professional training of care provisions” – Martin Hjelmborg