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Lecture 6. Power

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Ron Jacobs

on 27 September 2017

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Transcript of Lecture 6. Power

Main Topics for Today
1. What is Power?
2. How is Power Exercised?
3. How is Power Connected to Privilege and Inequality

definition: power is the ability to bring about an intended outcome, even when opposed by others
distinction between empowerment and domination
strategies and resources for:
How is Power Exercised?
1. Economic Power
2. Political Power
3. Cultural Power: hegemony, legitimate authority, and knowledge systems
money buys power, and power enables people to control the allocation of resources
people with power establish the agenda and set the rules and regulation
people with power have the ability to provide the official interpretation of the world
Legitimate authority is cultural power that is accepted without voluntarily, without resistance
traditional authority
rational-legal authority
hegemony is cultural power that persuades people to accept a given interpretation by discrediting alternative interpretations
knowledge systems create cultural power by creating truth regimes that people use to discipline themselves and others
the concept of hegemony suggests that it is always possible to resist cultural power, and to offer a different interpretation of the situation
Power, Privilege, and Inequality
Class: a group of people who exercise power based on shared economic interests
Status: a group of people who exercise power based on shared lifestyle and social membership
Organizational Strength: the use of organizational strength to influence politics
Race/Class/Gender: the interaction of inequality systems based on multiple dimensions
$18k per student
$13k per student
average home price $955K
average home price $125k
$6 million in political
donations in 2014
coercion is the opposite of legitimate authority
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