Power Is The Invention Of Labels And Categories Essay

1555 Words Sep 25th, 2016 7 Pages
Power is the ability to define reality and to have other people respond to your definition as if it were their own. – Dr. Wade Nobles
What is power, and how does one possess enough of it to define the reality of others? Power is the invention of labels and categories to separate people into different social positions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, or other characteristics. These categories and positions are often the basis of the individual’s identity. We so often hear people say, “I am a…,” and then fill in the blank with a color, occupation, race, etc. We also hear people reject certain labels because of cultural connotation that comes with being put in a particular category. We are aware that the labels exist but are blind to why they exist and who, or what, made them necessary. One person does not hold the power of reality in his or her hands. Power is held by the shared works of a group of people working toward a common goal; i.e., society. The labels with which we do, or do not, identify carry significant weight in how we are received and how we receive others in our social surroundings. The sociological imagination allows people to understand how their individual lives and decisions impact their larger social world and how that social world, in turn, changes the way they make decisions. Sociological mindfulness allows the individual to then take that dynamic construction and develop an appreciation for it.
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