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Essay Re-Write with a New Definition of Agency

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The lens I used in my last paper was agency, as defined by Sabina Alkirke. For the coming paper, I will continue to use agency as a lens. However, I will use Sherry B. Ortner's definition of it from "Thick Resistance: Death and the Cultural Construction of Agency in Himalayan Mountaineering." Ortner's definition will allow me to view agency as a more fluid form of power; people have agency when they already have some sort of power, and they use agency to expand on the power they already have.