Domination and Resistance of Culture Essay

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When people think about culture, we tend to think of art, literature. Possibly even the identity of a person through their language, common practices, rituals and traditions. According to Rivkin and Ryan (2004), culture is composed of domination and resistance (p. 1233). They also view subculture as having double connotation (p. 1259). In other words, culture and subculture has the power to rule over others or resist power and go against the flow respectively. In a capitalistic society, the ruling class has more power and resources over the working class. They generate their own ideas and values into the norm and are accepted by the working class/society. It works like a pyramid. Power is not distributed evenly to members in society. It is…show more content…
When people think about culture, we tend to think of art, literature. Possibly even the identity of a person through their language, common practices, rituals and traditions. According to Rivkin and Ryan (2004), culture is composed of domination and resistance (p. 1233). They also view subculture as having double connotation (p. 1259). In other words, culture and subculture has the power to rule over others or resist power and go against the flow respectively. In a capitalistic society, the ruling class has more power and resources over the working class. They generate their own ideas and values into the norm and are accepted by the working class/society. It works like a pyramid. Power is not distributed evenly to members in society. It is granted to individuals that are at the top of the pyramid. The further you are from the apex, the weaker you become. If we look at the structure of an organization or club, we know that the president has the authority to control, and below president are the vice president, then the secretary, then the treasure and so on. Anyone subsequent to the president has reduced power. People visually perceive media as a form of domination. Being owned by immensely colossal corporations, the media industry avails in the reproduction of the social system by permitting certain images and conceptions accessible to society (Rivkin and Ryan, 2004). While people are setting trends and norms, there are others that will resist to norms. This is known as
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