Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to the Principle of Power and Control
30-40 years ago power was confined to the State
during the last 25 years, discussions of power are in almost all aspects of
life e.g. op-ed article, The Power Suntan by Russell Baker
Lecture 4 Notes: Influence and Conformity
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
Lecture 5 Notes: Manipulation, Persuasion and Force
TOPIC: Conformity and Influence, then introduction of three forms of power: Manipulation,
Persuasion and Force.
Chart from last class:
level of influence
nature of r
Lecture 10 Notes: How is Power Institutionalized
TOPIC: How is power institutionalized? Foucault.
Note: Excerpts from today are taken from Two Lectures by Michel Foucault by Pantheon Books (1980)
Foucault, (1926-1984) French.
Foucault talks about how powe
Lecture 9 Notes: Power Differentials
TOPIC: Explaining Power Differentials, from classical theory.
Why do power differentials arise? Two fundamental answers:
a) human nature
b) society is organized
How are differences maintained/changed over time?
Lecture 6 Notes: Total Institution
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.
Lecture 2 Notes: The Study of Social Science
anthropology/sociology = study of human action and culture, what people do and produce
3 ways to study, different disciplines:
biology bodies, physiological
psychology development of individual mind, ego
Lecture 7 Notes: Personal Power and Charisma
TOPIC: Personal power, charisma, leadership.
We must distinguish between power and leadership.
Our current working definition of power is the capacity of person to produce intended and
foreseen effects in a rel
Lecture 8 Notes: Charismatic Leaders
TOPIC: Charisma. Video of reputedly charismatic leaders' speeches:
John F. Kennedy inaugural address
JFK's inaugural address, considered one of the most memorable speeches in recent American
history. Youth, religion, w
Lecture 3 Notes: Intended and Foreseen Effects of Production
TOPIC: continue elaborating definition of power as capacity to produce intended and
foreseen effects on others.
Professor Silbey tells us the story of aliens observing the humans. They observe t