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Places and forms of power

Today, i'm going to speak about the notion of spaces and forms of power

First, i would like to give a definition of this notion :

- "Places" could be important buildings or institutions that represent a certain form of power, for example Buckingham Palace – a symbol of the British monarchy.

A place can also be a country or a state - for example the USA is a state which is powerful enough to influence events throughout the world (superpower).

-The power It is the ability to control others, events, or resources; the ability to make things happen despite obstacles, resistance, or opposition. This of course leads to conflict between those who have power and those who don’t. For ewemple : the power of media, inequalities between blacks and white, the fight against oppression and segregation(South Africa).

I have chosen two documents that we've studied in class :

-The power advertissing(the power of media)

-Apartheid ( nelson mandela)

The first document : The power advertissing :

This document is an article from 'the new significiance' published on June 20th, 2011 and written by Justin Lewis. This document deals of power of advertissing and his consequences, that will generate it.

This document has a link with the notion because If we look at the power of the media for example we can see how much it can influence the public opinion. The mass media plays an important role in forming our personality, enriching our knowledge, providing us with information of any kind.

Mass media can have an effect on our personal identity: it can help us to feel that we are part of a group (social networks) but on the other hand it can contribute to a feeling of isolation.Media can have a strong political influence or can shape the way we perceive certain groups of society – minority groups, pressure groups…mass media is powerful because it makes us believe what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour (reality TV)

The second Document Apartheid :

In South Africa in 1948, apartheid was a policy of total territorial separation between blacks and whites. It also focused on political and economic power in the hands of whites. From 1960 to 1976, any protest is made ​​illegal, opposition parties are banned and their leaders like Nelson Mandela were exiled or imprisoned. These years were called the silent years. The 1980s saw the abolition of the segragation in public places, and employment in the international and domestic pressure. The President De Klerk abolished the majority of law of apartheid in 1991. In 1994, Nelson Mandela was elected the first black president of South Africa. He aimed at building a new South Africa that would be democratic, non racist and non-sexist. He wrote a new constitution which claims the recognition of black people’s rights and set Truth and Reconciliation Commission which highlights his insistence on forgiveness over vengeance and his will to create a unified Rainbow Nation. Since his mandate, a black middle-class


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