Week 3 Key Concepts - Key Concepts/Ideas Authorized...

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Key Concepts/Ideas:  Authorized socio-political power       is not merely interpersonal.  It is organized and  interested: some gain and some lose in systematic ways.  It sets the terms of order, the  context and constraints, in which we act.  To understand this power, we ask “who”  governs and  “what” governs.  Obedience to authority  is secured through coercion and also through consent. “Power is  exercised not only when A is able to get B to do something but also when A is able to get  B to think, feel or believe something, to place a positive value on certain things and a  negative value on other things so that B defines his interests and priorities in a way  suitable to A’s.”  Ideology        a cultural belief system we learn to accept as real, right, and just. It sets the  limits or the boundaries around which the possible and the impossible are conceived or  imagined. “The function of the dominant ideology is to legitimate the given social order,  to make it unquestionable. One method of legitimacy is to deny the very existence of a  dominant ideology.”   Individuals are carriers of  socially defined identities  arising from  institutionally   defined roles .  Social roles are the expected routine behavior associated with a given 
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