120.T11 - CSULB Instructor: George M. Scott ANTHROPOLOGY...

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1 CSULB Instructor: George M. Scott ANTHROPOLOGY 120 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE TOPIC 10 POLITICS I. BASIC DEFINITION Political organization refers to the means of maintaining order and conformity in a society. It concerns the allocation of power and authority to make decisions beyond the personal level—i.e., decisions that affect the group as a whole. It provides the structure through which decisions about public policy are implemented. These matters are dealt with both within the society (intrasocietally) and between the society and others (intersocietally). A. Power—The ability to control resources valued by others. 1. Coercive—Forcefully control; Autocratic, Totalitarian Governments. 2. Legitimate—Legitimately control; Democratic Governments. Based on: B. Authority (From Max Weber); Ideal Types 1. Traditional a. "sanctity of immemorial [primordial] traditions" b. "obedience owed to the person" (as expression of filial piety) c. "traditionally sanctioned positions of authority"
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course ANTH 120 taught by Professor Scott during the Spring '08 term at CSU Long Beach.

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120.T11 - CSULB Instructor: George M. Scott ANTHROPOLOGY...

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