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- Compare the positives and negatives associated with the use of power and how power operates in society
- Legitimate power, power given to individuals willingly by others, is called ” authority “.
- Illegitimate power, power taken by force or the threat of force, is called ” coercion “.
- Coercion is power taken by force or the threat of force.
- Influence, in contrast to coercion, refers to the means by which power is used.
- Because power operates both relationally and reciprocally, sociologists speak of the balance of power between parties to a relationship. All parties to all relationships have some power.
- coercion: Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.
- influence: An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.