Max Weber's Point Of Political Analysis

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In our everyday life, we come across people or institutions that try to exercise power over us, making us to what they want. Lukes (1974) explains that compliance can be secured by the use of force or by people choosing to surrender to others. When people choose to accept the will of others as legitimate or right, we can describe the relationship as one of authority (Lukes, 1974).
Assumptions and beliefs that are embedded in the culture teach us learned responses to various problems of survival in any given society (Schein, 1992). In this regard, in 2006, Cuff and Francis discuss Karl Marx’s concept of alienation in which he suggests that those who are in power design cultures in a way that will only benefit them, leaving the others in a state
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Authority is the legal use of power as people obey someone because they think it is the right thing to do; not because of any other reason. On the other hand, the work describes coercion as forcing people into action, often by threat of violence, and this form is always illegitimate (Weber, 1988 ). The form of power as coercion is at display in the trilogy where President Snow and the Capitol arrange the games, the arenas, and the artificial environment just to put people into something they will willingly say no to. This notion is explained in Sennett’s point of view about power, which is completely in contrast with Weber’s. He argues that authority does not need to be something legitimate in the eyes of the population. Authority comes with a number of qualities: ‘assurance, superior judgment, the ability to impose discipline, the capacity to inspire fear.’ And most important of all, power portrays the image of strength; it ‘is the will of one person prevailing over the will of the other’ (Sennett,…show more content…
Similar, because I also intend to analyse the text of The Hunger Games placing it in the social context of Panem using critical discourse analysis strategies. Different, in a sense that, my framework not only focuses on the social, cultural and discursive strategies of one party (i.e. the dominant one) but also how powerless people are given the identity of ‘powerlessness’ and how that powerlessness, then, transforms into rebellion and takes a completely different shape. This all is established by the use of language and my study plans to investigate how linguistic practices serve as a tool in CDA to form, negotiate and manipulate different identities of power, powerlessness and rebellion. Moreover, my research also incorporates Gaventa’s model of power, quiescence and rebellion to identity, highlight and analyse the power phenomena in The Hunger
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