Introducing Western Sociologists

Introducing Western Sociologists

Question

Explain the meaning of following the terms/words : Power, Authority, Ideal Type

Answer
1. Power : It is defined simply as an actor’s opportunity to impose his will on another even against the resistance of the other.

2. Authority or domination implies a probability of obtaining willing obedience. Power is transformed into authority or domination when it gets legitimacy or willing obedience of the governed to the governors.

3. Ideal Type : An ideal type is a selection of certain elements, certain traits or characteristics which are distinctive and relevent to the phenomenon under study. In a way, it is an exaggerate picture of a particular reality. Idelal type is a mental construct.

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