Marshall Fine, EdD, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERSECTION OF POWER AND COMPETITION IN REFLECTING TEAMS AS APPLIED TO ACADEMIC SETTINGS
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 339–351, July 2003
How to Cite
Fine, M. (2003), REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERSECTION OF POWER AND COMPETITION IN REFLECTING TEAMS AS APPLIED TO ACADEMIC SETTINGS. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29: 339–351. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2003.tb01211.x
I thank Dr. Deena Mandell for her thoughtful feedback on several drafts.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
This article explores the author's experiences with the concepts of power and competition as they intersect with aspects of reflecting team practices in academic settings. It draws upon Bishop's (2002) work, the elements of which are based on Starhawk's (1987) ideas of power with and power over. The article describes how competition and other power over practices of domination might unfold and intersect with reflecting-team practices. It is proposed that a power over practice, such as competition, which is prevalent in our society and universities, can be incompatible with the collaborative nature of reflecting teams. Suggestions for addressing the dissonance between the environment and reflecting team practice are offered.