The concept of power: the capacity to influence/control other people in significant ways, through force or through ideas. Power is unequally distributed in our society. Power as control over resources, wealth and the law. Power as social regulation and control it emerges through social relations. Power as freedom power as domination. People often try to oppose power to create social change power is fluid and dynamic and society is under constant change. Early human societies mode of production paleo, neo, modern. Structural functionalism: social cohesion, solidarity, order, anomie. Class conflict model: social hierarchy, profit motive, conflict, alienation. Dialectics: everything in society is related, change is constant, change proceeds from quantitative to qualitative, change results from the struggle and tension between opposing forces. The patriarchal order: society that privileges the power of males. Max weber"s power model social stratification, life chances, social status, bureaucracy as a feature of modern society, the state and the power of law.