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By José Ramón Sánchez

ISBN-10: 0814798489

ISBN-13: 9780814798485

ISBN-10: 1435603885

ISBN-13: 9781435603882

The place does energy come from? Why does it occasionally disappear? How do teams, just like the Puerto Rican group, develop into impoverished, lose social effect, and develop into marginal to the remainder of society? How do they flip issues round, bring up their wealth, and develop into higher capable of effectively impression and protect themselves?Boricua energy explains the production and lack of strength as a fabricated from human efforts to go into, preserve or finish relationships with others in an try and fulfill passions and pursuits, utilizing a theoretical and ancient case research of 1 community–Puerto Ricans within the usa. utilizing archival, ancient and empirical facts, Boricua energy demonstrates that strength rose and fell for this group with fluctuations within the passions and pursuits that outlined the connection among Puerto Ricans and the bigger U.S. society.

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A weapon exacts compliance because the vast majority of people are afraid to get hurt or killed. The weapon actually hides the relational nature of the transaction that delivers power to its owner. The victim complies with the demand to hand over goods, lie on the floor, or dance a jig because the victim values his or her health and safety. The key is that a weapon’s “power” depends on the reasonable expectation that most victims have those interests. Where that is not true, no weapon can make a victim do anything.

Social structures emerge from such interactions, much 34 Dance: A Theory of Power as dance styles emerge from innovations and mistakes on the dance floor. As Barth, Tilly, and others have noted, social structures are the “variable by-products of . . the actions and interactions” of individuals (Tilly 1999, 48). Social action is also shaped, limited, and encouraged by these structures. Without getting into a chicken-and-egg problem, we can say that a social structure cannot exist without the social action that got it started and that keeps it going.

Desire is, as Irvine states, what “animates the world” (Irvine 2006, 2). Dance: A Theory of Power 21 It is also what creates power in that world. Passions and intellect generate desires and wants. , 11). Without desires, needs, or wants, however, there is nothing to motivate us, set us in motion, or give meaning and importance to what we do. When we lack desires, needs, and wants, others have no chance of gaining power over us. Some of this can be seen in the transactions that happen behind the use of coercive power.

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