SOCA02H3 Lecture Notes - Carcinogen, New Age, Mass Society

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Politics: max weber on power, legitimacy and authority. In antiquity a messenger would come and tell the ruler of bad news and the ruler would say kill him (kill the messenger: power. Decides what society will do and where it is going. The ability to achieve desired goals despite resistance (weber) Coercion - using force to get what you want. Exercise of power is the business of gov. State is made of of various institutions that create and carry out policies. Regulates citizens in civil society (the private spheres of life) The ability to control others and dist of resources. When most ppl agree on raw power it becomes authority. Most societies seek to transform power into authority/legitimate power. In egypt right now, power lacks legitimacy: authority. How is power transformed into authority - 3 ways: (i) traditional. Inherit authority through fam, plant ties, or monarchy. Power legitimized for respect of long standing customs.

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