SOCY 7322X Sociology of Power

3 hours; 3 credits

Central problems of concern to sociologists studying the ability of individuals and groups to influence and/or control the behavior of others even against their will. Ways in which individuals and groups translate preferences into social organization. Focus on the institutionalization of power in states and economic structures. Competing sociological models and theories of power. Concepts of legitimacy and authority. The nature of power, inside of and outside of politics and governance. The dynamics of political and social change. Focus on the intersection of power and social class, gender and race.



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