Social Construction And Its Dynamic Effect On Power

1157 WordsMar 30, 20155 Pages
In contemporary society, there are two schools of thought in regards to power: power as ‘stuff’ and power as ‘relational’. James Arvanitakis explores the significance of power, inequality, and the numerous complex facets of modern society. This includes the emergence of uneven power relationships and the supremacy of particular groups in society. Hence, the idea of ‘social construction’ and its dynamic effect on power as ‘stuff’ and ‘relational’. The work of philosopher Michel Foucault in regards to social power and disparity attempts to uncover the fundamental cause of these uneven power relationships in contemporary civilisation. This in turn, portrayed Foucault as a controversial figure in relation to his intricate concepts of power and on the subject of modernity. “We need multiple viewpoints to interpret a reality made up of many realities” . The text “Contemporary Society” by James Arvanitakis denotes conceptions of power as ‘capacity’. This refers to the power that individuals, groups or institutions may possess. Hence, the perception of power as ‘stuff’. This shows that power as ‘capacity’ is something measurable and regarded as a quantitative capacity . For instance, power as ‘stuff’ can be perceived through wealth, and in terms of authoritative positions. An example of this is the automatic assumption that if an individual has more money than another, that individual is more powerful and influential in contemporary society. This ideology is also evident in the
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