Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Alexandra Kogl


This thesis addresses the hidden and invisible aspects of power in an effort to understand the effects these types of power have on the individuals who are unaware of their presence. It then questions if this power is hidden and invisible, how is effective resistance possible? I focus on the research and conceptions of a few political theorists including Steven Lukes, John Gaventa, and Michel Foucault that form the basis for much of the work on power. I then analyze and critique these previous works in order to form a new argument and suggestions for the recognition and possible resistance of such power. Additionally, I apply this analysis to the contemporary issues of beauty and the feminine body as a depiction of invisible power at work to see if it gives any insight into how one can resist such power. An accurate understanding of power, and the adverse effects it may have on those who are unaware of its presence, is the first step in any movement towards democratization of power relations.

Year of Submission



Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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