Memo 12 - Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories...

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Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories Thursday, November 29, 2007 Memo 12 Power, according to Foucault, is the “complex strategical situation in a particular society (Foucault, p. 93).” It is self organizing; power comes from everywhere and therefore is everywhere. However, power is not an institution, structure, strength we posses, or a system of domination by one group over another. He argues that power is not something that is “acquired, seized or shared”. In this viewpoint he differs greatly from Marx, who would argue that power is acquired, that it is more prevalent in the owners of the means of production, and that it is used in a system of domination by one group over the other. The possessors of power in Marx’s view would be the heads of industry while the workers would hold little to no power. This is in contrast to Foucault’s view that power is everywhere, is self organizing, and is not used in a system of domination by one group over the other. Foucault brings another dimension to the idea of power, all though I have to admit I don’t
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