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Domination And Subordination

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In view of the enormous role of relations of domination and subordination, it is of the greatest importance for the analysis of social existence to be clear about this spontaneity and complicity on the part of the subordinate subject in view of the frequent concealment of them in the more superficial way of looking at things. What one, e.g., calls 'authority' presupposes in large measure, as is typically recognized, a freedom of those subject to the authority; it is, even where it seems to 'crush' them, not based on coercion and pure resignation alone. The types of domination can be categorized, for the present purely superficially, for the sake of discussion, according to a threefold schema: by an individual, by a group, by an objective power, be it social or imaginary. This chapter discusses several of the sociological implications of these possibilities.

Keywords: authority; domination; social existence; subordination



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