2005_09_28_sss - Power Interpersonal Organizational and...

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Power: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Global Dimensions Wednesday, 28 September 2005 TOPIC: Force, continued. Total institution – force is a form of power, the direct manipulation of human bodies; can be very successful but limited. But there is also psychic force that contrasts bodily, physical force. .. The example of Jim Jones and the People's Temple illustrates how psychic control is similar to other institutions but doesn't have the legitimacy like other institutions. “Our Father Who Art in Hell” – NPR show about Jim Jones Jim Jones – born 1931 in Indiana town, preached love an interracial brotherhood 1956 – founded the People's Temple sometimes with fake faith healing that was justified in terms of recruitment had a Christian mission – proclaimed himself divine, claimed he was the living god claimed to be socialist – share the bounty of the earth, anti-elitist, anti-capitalist preached that all persons were gods in god's eyes and that he would lead his followers to be gods too had passive followers thought of himself as a historic figure and so recorded everything 1965 – move temple to California, feared nuclear holocaust gained great deal of power and the support of political candidates amassed wealth from followers who handed over their social security checks (brought in more than $40,000 per month) “collective socialist experiment” Over 20,000 followers. Guyana , a socialist country, gave Jones land and 950 of his followers moved there. This would later culminate in the 875 of 900 suicides in Jonestown, Guyana. His followers were 2/3 black (many elderly on social security, some inner city youth too) and 1/3 middle class fundamental Christians and upper class white professionals who advocated social transformation. Summer 1977 – Jones felt isolated and started to believe that he had active, plotting enemies
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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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2005_09_28_sss - Power Interpersonal Organizational and...

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