SOAN 2112 Lecture Notes - Pierre Trudeau, Booze Cruise, Charismatic Authority

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March 6, 2013 SOC 2111/2 LECTURE
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continued from Weber (last class….)
CLASS, STATUS AND PARTY
- class, status groups ad political parties are phenomena of the distribution of
power
- Class Weber defines when (1) a member of people have in common a
specific casual component of their life-chances insofar as (2) this component
is represented exclusively by economic interests in the possession of goods
and opportunities for income, and 2) is represented under the conditions of
the commodity of labour markets
- Weber classified people based on their consumption patterns rather then
their place in the market or in the process of production
- Weber defines status by every typical component of the life of men that is
determined by a specific positive or negative social estimation of honor
- Status is related to lifestyle
- Status relates to consumption of goods produced, while class relates to
economic production
- There is prestige and honor and class that contributes to society and life
- Prestige is associated with the style of life of a status group
- Political positions in community, education are evaluated in terms of social
characteristics people who have high education and who are not in high
administration of the university, are driving cabs and other things. (???)
- Weber thinks its important to look at status and party as well as class to
understand people’s lifestyles and life
- The economically ascend class required high status
- Property and property less people may belong to same status group
- Every society is divided into groups and strata just as it is divided into classes
economically
- Status group a membership category
- People can rank high on one or two categories, but could also rank high on
one and low on another
- A more sophisticated analysis of social structure and stratification than when
stratification is reduced to variations in one;s economic situation
- Party can be found in the poltical order to Weber, parties are always
structures struggling for domination’
o Those that exist in the state or a social club
- Power the ability reo realize one’s will despite and against the resistance of
others
o Concentration of power was no confined only to the economic sphere
o Weber elaborates on Marx’s theory arguing that control of means of
political administration, violence, scientific research etc. are also
major means of dominating men
o Who controls scientific research says a lot about power
o Who controls the money granted for research, and what projects will
get funded these people have power
- Weber argued that Marx’s theory is only one part of the social process (?)
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Class, status and party class, status groups ad political parties are phenomena of the distribution of power. Weber classified people based on their consumption patterns rather then their place in the market or in the process of production. Weber defines status by every typical component of the life of men that is determined by a specific positive or negative social estimation of honor. Status relates to consumption of goods produced, while class relates to economic production. There is prestige and honor and class that contributes to society and life. Prestige is associated with the style of life of a status group. Political positions in community, education are evaluated in terms of social characteristics people who have high education and who are not in high administration of the university, are driving cabs and other things. Weber thinks its important to look at status and party as well as class to understand people"s lifestyles and life.

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