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2014-05-03T16:06:54+02:00
Power is the ability to exercise control on somebody or on a group. So it's a might that can be exerted by many ways, non violent or violent, by a person, group or government. Power implies counter-powers too : how can we limit power, how can we resist to it ? / Where is power ?
To sum up, power has a lot of faces : violent with gendercide in India or assassination of JFK for example, and non-violent like the power of technologies. But against these powers, we can find counter-powers, illustrated by famous persons or actions.


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Locations and forms of power: (also called Places and forms of power or Seats and forms of power) In politics and social science, power is the ability to influence people's behaviour. In order to live together members of a community accept rules, regulations, laws. This helps to create social cohesion but can also lead to conflicts and tensions. Even when authority seems absolute, there are always counter-powers which question it, aim at limiting its excesses and resist it.   Examples can be: - the power of the media (reality tv, internet v written press) - Financial power (the power of money) - Inequalities between blacks and whites - the fight against oppression and segregation (South Africa, USA) - The American Dream - The Civil Rights movement and political recognition : Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X (can also be linked to the notion of Myths and Heroes)