Definitions of power, status, control, and social class - Deepstash

Definitions of power, status, control, and social class

Keltner offers elegant and necessary definitions of the distinct ideas comprising the constellation of power in modern society:

  • Power is your ability to make a difference in the world by influencing the states of other people.
  • Status is the respect you enjoy from other people in your social network. Status and power often go together, but not always.
  • Control is your capacity to determine the outcomes in your life. You can have control but no power, such as a reclusive hermit.
  • Social class is a mixture of family wealth, educational achievement, and occupational prestige that you enjoy.


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