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Assignment Title: Explain Lukesâ€™s third dimension of power in the first half of the assignment, and then in the second half show how this dimension can be used to understand the way social problems are socially constructed in relation to the way EITHER
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The concept by which our cartoon hero has been fighting over is in fact more contentious and controversial in the real world; specifically in the academe. Efforts to define…
In Marx’s own terminology, they are called the “Ruling Class” and their power resides in their economic capability which allows them to dominate over other structural aspects of the society such as the political arena or even the ideological sphere without necessarily bending over to the demands or influences of the general public.
Another prominent and useful working definition of power was spearheaded by Max Weber where he demonstrated the subject matter at hand as the ability of agent “A” to make agent “B” yield to something the latter does not want or refuse to do. Hence, power is exercised and made concrete by agent “A” who had directly influenced the decision of agent “B” to serve his own purpose.
In the theories abovementioned, power requires a kind of relationship where there exists an entity who displays an observable and concrete behavior of being able to manipulate the entity who is subjected to this same manipulation. In the dialectics of power, this kind of conception is labeled as the first dimension of power by which the analysis centers on the observable conflicts of interests and its actors who would claim victory by having its interests prevail over the matter and the losers who would yield to the victor’s scheme.
Moving forward, while the first dimension of power limits the definition to what is external and observable behaviors of domination, the second dimension digs deeper into the very nature of power. For the proponents of this notion, power is also exercised subtly by manipulating the process of decision-making or the lack of it. Here, power is not necessarily highly observable as and exclusively executed by the dominant alone. Even the subjugated is also able to exercise this kind of power by means of manipulating a situation that would generate only the kind of results that are deemed “safe” or “acceptable”. Hence, the dominant’s power is not necessarily outwardly challenged ...
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