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Writing Assignment1-Power

Writing Assignment1-Power - Nicholas Ramos Sociology 1101...

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Nicholas Ramos Sociology 1101 TA: Daniel October 21, 2010 Writing Assignment #1: Power In John Gaventa’s studies of Appalachia, power within society does reside with the group that controls the economic surplus. Although they are met with some rebellion and resistance from the common people, their high levels of status protect them. Also, the social power in Appalachia does completely derive from control over the economic surplus. Although it does not solely rely on economic wealth, the small amount of resistance by deprived people causes the majority power to be held within the group of wealthy and high-class individuals. According to Verba and Nie, participation in deprivations can obtain change and provide beneficial results. However, the deprived people who need these results are unable to achieve success because of the lack of political power, education, and social status they possess. Without a strong voice being created by the people of Appalachia, the wealthy essentially continue to live and create surplus without any contestations. Their
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