Empowerment  

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"That ridiculous metaphor we now call 'empowerment', which is cheerleading as far as I can tell." Harold Bloom interviewed by Charlie Rose on The Western Canon

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The term empowerment refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority. It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and use their resources. To do work with power.

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