ERIC Number: ED184935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Significance of Conceptions of Political Power.
This paper discusses a study to determine how people view political power within the Swedish system. The objective was to investigate variations in the way people perceive a common social phenomenon. The sample was composed of 15 subjects chosen randomly from the adult population of Goteborg, Sweden. Subjects were interviewed regarding their perceptions of a public demonstration in the streets of Goteberg, explanations of why the conflict was managed the way it was, definitions of the role of power in political task performance, and general observations on the phenomenon of political power. Questionnaires were statistically analyzed. Findings indicated that subjects' perceptions of how the conflict was managed were influenced by their general conceptions of political power. Subjects classified power in three main ways--a position in society, a momentary pattern of dominance, and an inherent quality of political leaders. Responses indicated a strong relationship between conceptions of power and special consideration of circumstances surrounding the political event. The conclusion is that studies such as this one can serve as an example of how individuals integrate knowledge of abstract concepts of everyday phenomena with cognitive structures whereby those phenomena exist in the subjects' minds. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tri-Centennial Fund, Stockholm (Sweden).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).