SOCIOLOGY 182 Notes

SOCIOLOGY 182 Notes - SOCIOLOGY 182 NOTES June 26, 2007...

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SOCIOLOGY 182 NOTES June 26, 2007 Orientation Disengagement  from Politics  o College students see politics as uninteresting and “bad” We think confining ourselves to our home and leisure, we can avoid  and withdraw from politics “we keep society out of our gated communities” Live our private lives separately from politics o We go on with our lives not worrying about it o Our society has insulated our lives from politics In reality, society, politics, and life is intertwined Our whole life if governed by politics The government through its laws and policies govern our  economics The difference between political sociology and political science Political science focuses on the system and how it works and  the government and how it works Political sociology goes beyond that o We study how culture and politics mix, how politics  works together with economics Some people see no problem with our political disengagement  Surveys find that that a well percentage of Americans are well  informed of politics but most people lack consistent stable  political views o Very whimsical, bases there views on erroneous things  such as looks of people This shows that people are “politically satisfied” which is why  they don’t participate in politics  Power o The fundamental concept of sociology is  Power Politics is the struggle for power Political sociology is the study of the struggle for power amongst  groups This struggle usually involves competition, conflict, and  sometimes force
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Can also include compromise and consensus Some are peaceful, cooperative and some are violent and  coercive Power is the “ability to get people to do what you want them to  do even against their will” according to Weber People with power can get other people to do what they want them to  do, only if they submit Power is a sociological concept since it is relational  Relationship between superiors and subordinates If subordinates don’t obey then superiors power is weakened  and is a sign that their power it is failing Without obedience there can be no power o Forms of power  Power disregards consent, people will follow no matter what Power is distinct from authority because you can get people to do  whatever you want without legitimacy  Our society tries to protect us from power, “due process” or  “liberty”  Certain authority figures are restricted by law If half a society does not vote, those who do vote basically  count as two votes By definition power implies unequal relations
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