AN101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Noblesse Oblige, Social Control, False Consciousness

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22 Apr 2015
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Study of social and political power and their organization in different societies. Classic studies of post-ww2 period classification of political forms in pre-state societies, their evolution, characteristics, functions and leadership patterns. The post-colonial period interest in changes to traditional political forms, new power structures, social inequalities, impacts of modernization, globalization etc. Leaders existed whose authority were ascribed or achieved, formal or informal. Power and authority did not necessarily lead to more wealth for those in positions of power. Success as leader depended on generosity" and not wealth accumulation. To be noble you have obligations to other people. Not easy to be noble because of other expectations of you. The means (institutions, practices) used by society to: Regulate behavior of members (agency: we are all individuals and have the freedom to act) Social control internal-cultural or external (coercion, laws, punishments) Patterned in terms of interdependence between members, practices/actions are arbitrary.

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