3rd dimension of power examples?

Hey folks!

I know the 3rd face of power can be a little squishy to wrap your head around – anyone want to share some examples?

*and please feel free to share examples of 2nd! Or 1st! Or to propose a situation that we could try to talk about using ALL 3!

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3 thoughts on “3rd dimension of power examples?

  • September 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Like, for instance, I’m thinking about the debate locally about having a baseball team/stadium brought to the area —- ooh! Or the debate in Boston about whether or not they want to be the American candidate city for the Olympics in 2024! (It’s not Boston anymore, it’s now LA. Here’s a story: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-la-oly-timeline-20150902-story.html)
    *I’d say 2nd face – agenda-setting to even get the bid considered. SOMEONE had to be working behind the scenes to make an Olympic bid even thinkable, an option. Agenda setting.
    *1st face – the decision by the USOC to select Boston.
    *but then also think about the ensuing debates within Boston about this. The topic was on the table, and people were openly debating it – and being surveyed about it. I’d suggest that is VERY 1st face of power: overt. People are actively trying to sway each other, everyone knew this was happening.
    *so, TO ME, it is harder to clearly say where the 3rd face comes in here. We will possibly see a video this semester about the Olympic developments in Atlanta which will show you a great counter-point: how VERY OFTEN events like the Olympics are promoted through the 3rd face of power. We are brought to believe that our civic pride and economy and patriotism will all be enhanced through these events. In Boston, in contrast, I don’t think we see that operating – at least not effectively.

    What do you think?

  • September 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I think what my group (Dimension 1) had discusses that the 3rd dimension was similar to peer pressure because A is shaping B’s will to do something. Not sure if this is too simple of an explanation though.

    • September 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      What do other folks think? Work it through in your mind – the A, B thing is REALLY helpful to me. Remember that power can happen at MANY levels – at the level of city governance and the level of small friendship groups. I can see peer pressure fitting in here; primarily when it fits this criterion of shaping what B believes is really in their interests. So, complying not just because of pressure, but because they truly come to see (whatever the behavior is) as something they should do, desire, etc.
      My thoughts, anyhow – others?

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