‘Empowerment’ is a term in widespread use today and one that is often considered to be a self-evident good. In this talk Ken McLaughlin will explore its emergence in the 1960s through to its rise in the 1990s and ubiquity in present day discourse in education, social work and health and social care discourse. He will examine how it constructs and positions those being empowered and those empowering and will argue that a focus on empowerment has superseded the notion of political subjects exercising power autonomously.
Date and time: Tuesday 26 April at 7 PM
Venue: The Hallmark Midland Hotel, Derby
Tickets: £5 waged / £3 unwaged available on Eventbrite or at the door.