The concept of power is central to the understanding of social structures, relationships, and dynamics in sociology. Power has long been an interest of sociologists, influencing how resources are distributed, decisions are made, and social hierarchies are determined within societies.
We will also examine how power dynamics intersect with class, gender, race, and globalization as well as different theoretical perspectives on power, its manifestations in diverse social institutions.
In sociology, power refers to the capacity of individuals or groups to exert control and influence over others. By influencing individuals or collectives in a way that is aligned with the interests and goals of powerful actors, it is possible for them to change their behavior, actions, and beliefs.
The manifestation of power can take many forms, including political power, economic power, social power, and cultural power, and can operate on many levels, ranging from interpersonal relationships to institutions.