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Chapter 1 creation: misplaced Geographies (pages 1–12):
Chapter 2 energy in issues: Weber' Footnotes from the Centre (pages 15–37):
Chapter three energy via Mobilization: From Mann's Networked Productions to Castells's Networked Fictions (pages 15–37):
Chapter four energy as an Immanent Affair: Foucault and Deleuze' Topological aspect (pages 65–91):
Chapter five strength in its quite a few Guises (and Disguises) (pages 93–128):
Chapter 6 Proximity and achieve: have been there Powers at a Distance earlier than Latour? (pages 129–158):
Chapter 7 putting strength, or the Mischief performed through pondering that Domination is far and wide (pages 159–188):
Chapter eight end: lost energy (pages 189–197):

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Regardless of the percentage of box-office takings in France derived from Hollywood films, the US film industry would have to be in a position whereby it could `prescribe' what is and what is not shown in French cinemas and on French television. In short, it would have to have a near monopoly on the French visual media through its control of the distribution channels which would make it difficult for audiences to view anything other than US products. If, however, French viewers on the contrary are not considered to have been stripped of all their autonomy, but to be free to opt for different visual fare, then the mode of power involved is closer to that of seduction.

Once the capacity is known, whether awesome or otherwise, and extensive reach assumed, the rest of the equation quite literally amounts to a series of footnotes from the centre. Footnotes from the centre The spatial vocabulary of power here, then, is one of centres, distributions, extensions and delegated capabilities. It is as if a `store' of centralized power is marshalled and transmitted intact through space and time and, allowing for an element of distortion and resistance, used to secure certain organizational or institutional goals.

The capacity to secure advantage thus stands in relation to the potential loss realized by others who, in one way or another, are enmeshed in the same web of asymmetrical relationships. Rather than a sporadic or random event in which domination takes place, therefore, the ability to secure the compliance of others can be seen in, for example, the vertical relationships of bureaucratic control exercised by managers and supervisors over those further down the chain of command; in the impersonal structures of political domination exercised by a unitary state over its peoples and territories; and in the relationships between global institutions such as the IMF and developing economies attempting to pull themselves out of poverty.

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