The concept of power relations is interesting but I'm not sure if I have a complete grasp over what he is saying. It seems that he wants to transcend beyond the traditional meaning of power simply being something that dominates and another that is being dominated. Instead of putting such a negative connotation on power in this way, he seems to want to shed some light on some of the less negative aspects of power.
He does this by explaining relationships such as those between the preacher and the confessant. Their relationship is one example of the power dynamics that is trying to emphasize. Also he talks about other relationships such as the one between a psychoanalyst and a patient.
He seems to claim that these relationships is a great tool for an analysis of our society. But what exactly his message of our society was is something that got by me. Does anyone care to elaborate on his discussion of this?