SOCI 424 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Charismatic Authority, Traditional Authority, Ultimate Power

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Max weber, classical sociologist, specialized in many things and politics was one of them
Fine definitions in lecture
When u think of politics u think of power, institutionalized system, hand out power, agenda
society, and where are we going in society
Every society rests on power, and they call it the ability to desire the gold and resistance
California the occupiers there were not really moving
Ability is to achieve desire without assistance
The exercise of power is a form of government
Legitimacy authority comprises institutions that formulate and carry out country’s laws
and public policies in performing these functions, the state regulates citizens in civil society, or
private sphere of social life
The nanny state if u ride a bike u must wear a helmet
Many studies done with riding a bike with or without helmets, there are no rates of mortality for
whether u wear it or not
Be aware politicians always say that this tax is temp but it always stays there forever…
Power can become legitimized, when it does it becomes authority
Governments try to get what they want by threatening people especially in democracies …
people in demo being justified
You have to try and gain legitimacy, you have to try to operate somehow…
What people always try to do is gain legitimacy
There are three ways throughout history ot across history that says hour is legitimized
People basically agree on how political things run, the power to force people to do things. When
it is legitimized it becomes authority
When you legitimize power you institutionalize it
Ex: in Canada the government cannot use power or coercion when it wants it can only use it
during certain situations ex: dedaring a state of emergency
Legal rational authority how a person can achieve power? Run for a party, when people go
about it the right way according to the rules then society will go with it according to how its set
Total power and totalism \
When the state has total power people cant resist, soviet union had total power which ended
over a period of time which ened up killing millions of people.
Exporer niro in rome people are protesting in streets you have to fix the problem, and he say
let them hate until they fear, but society cannot operate that way
Dull continuity keeps going on century ater century, nothing changes much, the occupational
structure stays the same, and nothing changes
Black smith passed his occupation onto his son, work maker, masson people who work in
making stones… in the world we live in u will not be doing what your parents ar e doing instead
u will be doing something different
The monarchy in the middle ages ruled the traditional authority by devine ight, kings/queens
ruling the devine rights of kings.. the reason is because god selected us. And you cannot go
against that because you will be going against god. So they believed in god
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We have done it this way, time out of mind.
Traditional authority thribes when people share the same world view. As the division of labour
increases it fragments people because ur occupations affect the way you think
Because there are soo many diff occupations
Tradition disappears when in modern societies
The prime minister picks who will be gov.
Patriarchy again today is contestant
Power in modern societies is litimized by rational legal arguments
The law is applied equally to everyone
PEERS we refer to peers interms of people who are your equal. Tribery… we say you are
thrived by your peers
Superiority and beurocracy . modern society is ruled by them utsc is a burrocracy
utilitarian they are there to achieve goals. Burrocracy has utility and they are meant to be
Burrocracy gazes specialization
When u teach people to be generalists they are more open
When u trach people in specialist they are more closed and into a cubicle
So you have to teach people everything
Authority is organization specific
The boss can only control your behavior on the job nowhere else
Authority is restricted to
Weber and authority charismatic authority sometimes they are inspired by god and
sometimes by higher principle
Over through existing political institutions
Charismatic individual is somebody with exceptional qualities
Dull continuity becomes volatile, its explosive and it can rouse people like it normally does
It can turn the world upside down
Keep in mind that legal authority is abstract
Coatified rule is a rule that is written down
Charisma is irrational driven by the individual, its originalized and that’s why people say its
Original magnetism u can draw people to you and lead them, sometimes people call it
charismatic species. Species magnetism. Peole like ppl for no reason, the reason is irrational and
you cannot explain it. You don’t have to be nice to be charismatic.
Hitler charismatic personality he lead people and they followed him. Diabolical charisma
intranzingly evil,
55 million deaths, Germany followed hitler until the end of the edge
Species magnetism
Another charismatic revolutional leader is name seen on tee-shirts named chay levata
He was killed, tall like Napolian and like hitler, tall, and French followed him off to a cliff
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