Description : Not of the Ruling Power A group of six men held up two stages in California one summer night in 1864 and made off with enough silver and bullion to last them a few lifetimes. Handing the second stage driver a blank receipt that stated the funds were going to the aide of the Confederate States of America, the captain of the unit, R. H. Ingram, began the legend of Bullion Bend. Generations of treasure seekers and Civil War enthusiasts have reviewed stories of the holdup and subsequent shoot-out with local law enforcement. The gang was to be known as one of the few Partisan Ranger outfits to operate so far west of the active military operations. Were they really Confederate sympathizers or just a ruthless gang of opportunists making the most of the confusion of the time? Not of the Ruling Power endeavors to reveal a closer look at the individuals involved in this incident as well as the divided loyalties that influenced Californias media, politics, and citizens. Captain Ingrams partisan rangers themselves create a web of links to some of the most pertinent concerns and incidents the United States faced during the Civil War. Not just a holdup in Californias Gold Country, Bullion Bend triggered fears for the Federal Unions national defense. The estimated number of loyal secessionists living in California was enough to cause grave concern that if Ingram and his raiders escaped, a significant following could be encouraged to join them. However, just how loyal were the lawmen involved and to which side? Testimony from the men involved and research, including insightful genealogical sources with accounts from grandchildren of individuals involved, has helped give these figures a truer color and dimension not previously considered. Its a tale that needs no fictional embellishment to be entertaining!
Description : This case study of the structure of power and ruling-class domination in the heart of the sertão of Northeast Brazil is based upon six field trips over a period of fifteen years. Analysis of the political economy of Juazeiro, Bahia, and Petrolina, Pernambuco - two contiguous towns along the São Francisco River - focuses on the history of patriarchal families, ruling class, and patrimonial governments.
Description : Michael Barr explores the complex and covert networks of power at work in one of the world's most prosperous countries – the city-state of Singapore. He argues that the contemporary networks of power are a deliberate project initiated and managed by Lee Kuan Yew – former prime minister and Singapore’s ‘founding father’ – designed to empower himself and his family. Barr identifies the crucial institutions of power - including the country’s sovereign wealth funds, and the government-linked companies – together with five critical features that form the key to understanding the nature of the networks. He provides an assessment of possible shifts of power within the elite in the wake of Lee Kuan Yew’s son, Lee Hsien Loong, assuming power, and considers the possibility of a more fundamental democratic shift in Singapore’s political system.
Description : It is often asserted that the ruling elite in Western capitalist economies now consists of liberal intellectuals and their media sympathisers. By contrast this book looks at the real elite in Australian and New Zealand society and shows that there is still a ruling class based upon economic dominance. From an analysis of corporate and public records, interviews, and other primary and secondary data, it develops a picture of networks of power that are changing but are as real as any network in the past.
Description : This textbook provides a coherent and comprehensive account of the different frameworks for understanding power which have been advanced within the social sciences. Though looking back to the classical literature on power with special emphasis on Machiavelli and Hobbes, the book concentrates on the modern analysis of power - from both British and American social and political theorists, and from German Critical Theory and French theorists such as Foucault - and develops upon its theory and its application. Not only does the book provide an overview of the various frameworks of power advanced by these and other influential thinkers, but it also develops a new synthesis based on important work in both the sociology of science
Description : In one grand effort, this is an anatomy of power, a history of the ways in which it has been defined, and a study of its forms (force, manipulation, authority, and persuasion), its bases (individual and collective resources, political mobilization), and its uses. The issues that Dennis Wrong addresses range from the philosophical and ethical to the psychological and political. Much of the work is punctuated with careful examples from history. While the author illuminates his discussion with references to Weber, Marx, Freud, Plato, Dostoevsky, Orwell, Hobbes, Arendt, and Machiavelli, he keeps his arguments grounded in contemporary practical issues, such as class conflicts, multi-party politics, and parent-child relationships. In his new introduction, prepared for the 1995 edition of Power, the author reconsiders the concept of power, now locating it in the broader traditions of the social sciences rather than as a series of actions and actors within the sociological tradition. As a result, Wrong emphasizes such major distinctions as "power over" and "power to," and various conflations of power as commonly used. The new opening provides the reader with a deeper appreciation of the non-reductionist character of the book as a whole.