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POLSCI 3NN6 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Intersectionality


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLSCI 3NN6
Professor
Greg Flynn
Chapter
1

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Power
- Max Weber: ability to impose one’s will on others, even in the face of
opposition
- Valued resource that cannot be held by all
- Not overt: applied directly and visibly
- Stephen Lukes (1974): political components of powe
oDimension 1: prevailing in a conflict over overt political
preferences
Actual and observable behaviour, decision making and
conflict
Policy preferences, political participation of legislators
oDimension 2: preventing preferences of others from reaching the
agenda
Preventing the preferences of others from reaching the
agenda
oDimension 3: shaping the preferences of others to match yours
Influencing a person’s wants so that one can
control/exercise power over them
Control of information, media, socialization
Gender and Gender Stratification
- sex: biological differences
- gender: socially constructed differences between women and men
- gender is differences
- gender characteristics are cultural creations that get passed on fron
generation to generation through socialization
- gender differences create unequal power relationships and ultimately
translate into omnipresent gender hierarchy
- gender as ranks constructs all other social categories: wealthy,
powerful women are disadvantaged compared to wealthy, powerful men
Patriarchy, Public vs. Private, Intersectionality
- patriarchy: social system of male domination over females
omale control of economic resources, male domination of political
processes and positions of authority
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