AbstractRules that sustain many forms of domination are typically created and imposed by the state. Laws can be used to stabilize power, especially by means of the state’s bureaucratic apparatus and by means of its coercive resources for monitoring and enforcing compliance. But domination and effects of rules are never total--people have agency and can resist. In...
- Subject Area(s):
- Political Sociology
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 400
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesMy students loved this activity. I found it helpful to distribute flyers describing the activity (using the first two pages of the acitivity as a hand-out or "flyer") beforehand so that students would be aware of what we were doing and so they could ask questions before starting.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will learn to compare and contrast different theories of political sociology concerning rule making, rule breaking, and power.
- Instructors assess student understanding through in-class discussion during the activity, drawing upon student questions and responses as indicators of understanding and analytical ability, and through essay exam questions. Samples included.