312_PoliSciConcepts - Contemporary Asian Civilization:...

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Contemporary Asian Civilization: Basic political concepts
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How does the “state” (the official government) differ from other organizations in society? 1) It is often but not always, the largest, most powerful organization in the society. Thus, we find contrasting examples : China (yes) South Korea (probably) Philippines (probably not)
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How does the “state” (the official government) differ from other organizations in society ? 2) Sometimes (often?), the top leader of the state speaks or claims to speak for all the people in the country. (That leader’s “performative” speech-acts may also be understood as efforts to create or recreate the state).
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How does the “state” (the official government) differ from other organizations in society ? 3) The state claims a monopoly on the means of violence, i.e., the following institutions: courts prisons executions (That claim is challenged by gangs and also in revolutionary, “dual-power” situations.)
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