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Sociology of Power 334 09-23

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC334
Professor
Ariane Hanemaayer
Semester
Fall

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SOCIOLOGY 334 THE POWER OF THE SOCIAL review: FOR MARX, power is related to the economic structure of society: how life is reproduced, the relations in the system of reproduction. FOR WEBER, sees power as two dimensional: one being individual actor's capacity to get their way. the other one is domination/consent, where do we accept commands from our 'superiors' and why? levels of analysis in social theory PHENOMENOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURAL today we will look at DURKHEIM what is an "OBJECT OF ANALYSIS" - it is the thing the concept explains, or believes needs to be explained. DURKHEIM: WHAT IS THE POWER OF 'THE SOCIAL'? Does the social have power unto itself? ANALYSIS the process of breaking a theory down into more simple parts in order to displayits argumentative structure. theoretical analysis describes and explains social phenomena it relies heavily on the domain of ontology. what kind of things are in the world? if we say it is all 'social roles' for example, and that is all, then we have a theory inflected through its object which is inflected through your ontology. is it roles, is it classes, is it individual motives for power/sex/money/etc. or is it made up of networks and other vast organizations of people. the object of analysis will also depend on the level of theoretical analysis undertaken: phenomenological, institutional, structural? ALL CONCEPTS ARE TRYING TO EXPLAIN SOME THING. this is the OBJECT OF ANALYSIS. PHENOMENOLOGY - you know what this is INSTITUTIONAL crystallization of social practices into formal rules (or informal in some senses) the study of collective patterns of thought and action - ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS - structures of authority and responsibility, often integrated in something like control systems - CULTURAL ASPECTS - generalized models formulating and justifying rules, built up into systems of thought and analysis (legal models, political models, religious models, knowledge systems, professional discourses) SOCIAL STRUCTURE the study of enduring patterns of social arrangements within a particular society, group, or social organization. causal influences attributed to specific structural features. hierarchis networks markets ecological formation the object of analysis is a social system: how do we explain how society is stratified? For Durkheim, religious is THE PERFECT CASE STUDY to examine the origins of "THE SOCIAL" RELIGION IS SOMETHING IMMANENTLY SOCIAL. it is collective representations that express collective realities. he wants to understand how religion is social. HE THINKS BOTH 'POWER' AND 'CAUSALITY' EMERGE FROM "THE SOCIAL" THROUGH RELIGION he has a huge beef with empiricism: even our understanding of cause and effect emerged through historical processes that are SOCIAL. durkheim spent his whole life trying to define 'the social' everyone was using it but no one defining it. he doesn't buy into empiricism. he isn't saying something like gravity doesnt exist, but jsut that the way we understand cause and effect arises from the power of the social. RELIGION IS THE RESULT OF HUMANS INCORRECTLY LABELLING SOCIAL FORCES AS RELIGIOUS FORCES. COLLECTIVE REPRESENTATIONS The ideas, values and images that people in a given society share and understand. these things may directly represent society (ie religion) he takes a 'positivist' stance in saying that SOCIETY affects us, more t
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