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Power Power is the ability to see that one's will is acted upon. Powerful people are able to mobilize resources to achieve their goals despite resistance from others. Henslin (1999) argues that it is an inevitable part of everyday life. Like wealth, power is concentrated in the hands of a few. Robertson (1989:182) makes an interesting observation with regards to minorities gaining more political power. He argues that just as Blacks, Hispanics, and Women are beginning to votes in their respective interests, power is flowing away from public institutions and into the hands of giant bureaucracies and influential private interest groups. Voters, after all, have only one of several possible means of influencing decision makers, i.e.,
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Unformatted text preview: their vote. Prestige Prestige refers to the power to impress or influence. It differs from power in that it is based less on political position. Prestige correlates with charisma. A prestigious person has a reputation based on brilliance, achievements, or on character. Robertson (1989:182) contends that there is much less stratification in terms of prestige in the United States than there is in terms of wealth and power. He suggests that while prestige raking is obvious, Americans treat each other remarkable well when compared to other countries....
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