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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1
Professor
Chuck O' Connell
Semester
Winter

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Discussion Ch. 14 1. pluralist model: power inAmerica is dispersed among a plurality of interest groups a. the vote for all is equal b. people who are better off/wealthier tend to vote more often than the lower income people c. textbook: called elitist group—elite have more power and exert that power in society d. democracy is key to pluralist theory vs plutocracy (democracy works in favor of the wealthier class) 2. power elite model: 3. class conflict model: democracy vs. “plutocracy” Instrumentalist vs. Structuralist model (textbook definition) -Instrumentalist: conspiracy theory; ruling class people directly control culture and ideology; if we could just teach everybody differently and how instrumental political affairs are, change is possible -Structuralist: more passive; believes that the institutions are biased Textbook’s definition of power: ability to get what one wants from
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