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Primitive Society characterized by ‘Savages’ lacking political power [Lapierre’s model] (8-10).
*Political Power: “a relation that ultimately comes down to coercion” (11)
*Weberian power: “state power as the monopoly on the legitimate use of violence” (11)
Critiqued as ethnocentric: “the model…is…constituted in advance by the idea Western civilization has shaped and developed….[P]olitical power in terms of hierarchized and authoritarian relations of command and obedience.” (16)
*The impact: “the ethnocentrism that mediates all attention directed to difference in order to reduce them to identity and finally suppress them.” (16)
*Nietzschean question: “when there is neither coercion nor violence, it is impossible to speak of power?” (11)