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Copy of Lecture 11

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Stephanie Hansard

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Transcript of Copy of Lecture 11

Sociology 1101
Stephanie Hansard
State Power and Social Movements
Power, Authority, and Government
Power is the ability to impose one's will, or to have one's interests taken seriously.
Authority is "legitimate" power.
Government is a system for exercising authority
The power elite
The consolidation of political power
the military
the media?
Social Movements
Defining a social problem
Competing Definitions of the Situation
The role of the media
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Is anything happening?
I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land
-Gil Scott Herron
Some Definitions
The political apparatus which rules a given territory. Has legal and military power.
A state which has sovereignty over a territory, AND all citizens belong to one nation.
Interest Groups
Group identity: Who are "we"?
Group interests: What do we want?
Group opposition: Who are "they"?
Is it a problem?
Who decides?
Negotiating the definition of the situation
Overcoming inertia of the status quo
Who has the power to define the situation?
Can that power shift?
Is it a matter of public concern?
Who is affected?
Collective action
interested parties
aimed at addressing a
social problem
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