February 13 - Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Result II - Mass Politics

February 13 - Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Result II - Mass Politics

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Political Science 201 American Government February 13, 2007 Lecture 6 – Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Result II: Mass Politics Equal Freedom? Structure, Agency, and Power o Assumption of equality of individual agency o Structural constraints that prevent some people from participating in the system Poll taxes Literacy tests Plurality systems Single member districts o Conformism and Constriction of Freedom 1. Critical Theory: conformity and social domination restrict freedom The greatest threat to American freedom is that people don’t think outside the box People are trapped in a system that they willingly submit to 2. Dialectical thinking: abstract thought to enact an ideal frame of reference for what life could and should be 3. Structure and practice of the advanced industrialized economy controls society 4. Implications and unidimensionality Critical theorists argue that there is no critical judgment of
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February 13 - Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Result II - Mass Politics

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