SOCIOL 1 Chapter Notes -Plutocracy, Elite, Class Conflict

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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 someone else************** ~ability of interest groups to get the policies they want. Laos secret war : example of imperialism john brown: history textbooks don"t like discussing social struggle suggest he"s mentally incapable to de-legitimize abolitionists exam question: textbooks systematically discredit john brown delegitimize john brown"s views on abolitionism; 8 lies my teacher told me: textbooks don"t like to talk about the true politics of the u. s. Make the u. s. seem like a very moral, positive, and for the good of all/ righteous country that focuses on only the positives of our nation (exception: watergate was reprimanded fairly) ~theme 1: u. s. government"s actions internationally vs. domestically.

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