SOCI 200 March 10 lecture notes

SOCI 200 March 10 lecture notes - Nokyeong Kim Tuesday,...

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Nokyeong Kim Tuesday, 3/10/2009 SOCI 200 Lecture Notes Power, authority, and the State Last Time aging – as a huge trend in this country consider – the implications of this – for your career choices – what’s going to be needed more? What’s going out as a result? – emerging fields and trends today: power, authority, and the state Politics the social institution that distributes power, sets a society’s agenda, and makes decisions Power power : the ability to achieve desired ends despite resistance (Weber) exercising power is the business of government – a form of social organization that directs the political life of a society Weber’s views on authority governments and brute force authority : power that people perceive as legitimate rather than coercive three ways to convert power from raw power into more stable authority: o traditional authority power legitimized through long-established cultural patterns may seem almost sacred declines as societies industrialize, as less people share one world view (immigration, modern scientific thinking) o rational-legal authority power legitimized by legally enacted rules and regulations o charismatic authority power legitimized through extraordinary personal abilities that inspire
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