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Power, Ideology and Legitimacy
Power, ideology and legitimacy

This chapter analyzes two processes whereby relations of domination are sustained through the perceptions of social actors. We shall examine how systemic structures are routinely sustained by an actor's knowledge of social life, often despite the fact that these structures confer differential power resources upon these self-same actors. We want to analyze how this takes place both when the individuals involved are not fully aware that the structures in question entail relations of domination which disadvantage them and when they are aware that this is the case. In particular, we will analyze the phenomenon which, in the Marxist tradition, has variously been called ‘false consciousness’ and ideology, and we shall analyze the process by which legitimacy reinforces power ...

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