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2005_09_21_sss - Power: Interpersonal, Organizational, and...

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Power: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Global Dimensions Wednesday, 21 September 2005 TOPIC: Continue elaboration of the definition of power, begin discussion of what power is not: influence and conformity. Review of Simmel: reductionism – society is the sum of all interactions relationism – all social life is interdependent “Power conceals an interaction, an exchange. ..that transforms the pure one-sidedness of superordination and subordination into a sociological form.” Failure to recognize this transformation is the fallacy of separateness Both actors in the dyad of superordination/subordination contribute to the power relation. We have to ask what resources are available to each party? How is the power-holder limited in the exercise of power? Can power have complete control? the power-holder can exercise power only over people with whom she has a relationship she can exercise power only within the sphere of action of the relationship – for example, within the student-professor relationship, the professor can exercise power only within the academic sphere, but couldn't dictate who students should date or what they should buy the subordinated has other obligations, e.g. the struggle between work and family – demands of work offset demands of the family, and the boss can only technically exercise power in the office, but office time reduces home time and so the troublesome intersection of the two the subordinated must have the
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2.158 taught by Professor Ericajames during the Spring '03 term at MIT.

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