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					Social Conflict Theory
    A sociological approach that
assumes that social behavior is best
   understood in terms of tension
 between groups over power or the
      allocation of resources.
Origin in Marx’s Ideas

Opposing   forces: Class
 freeman and slave
 patrician and plebeian
 lord and serf
 guild-master and
Bourgeoisie: Those who own the
means of production


Proletariat: Those who sell their
“The working class and the employing class have
nothing in common. There can be no peace so long
as hunger and want are found among millions of the
working people and the few, who make up the
employing class, have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on
until the workers of the world organize as a class,
take possession of the means of production, abolish
the wage system, and live in harmony with the
(Preamble to the I.W.W. constitution)
Weber’s Response
   Class

   Status

   Party
Characteristics or Premises of Social
Conflict Theory

interconnected &
  interdependent parts

society    is like a pizza pie
Characteristics or Premises of Social
Conflict Theory
competing  or conflicting
 group interests

tendency     towards change
Characteristics or Premises of Social
Conflict Theory
no consensus or
 false consciousness
Source or cause of these


formation    of private
Source or cause of these struggles
   group interests
       quasi-group: Possesses the bases for
        becoming a group but remain unorganized

       interest group: Collection of individuals who
        have come together out of shared interests

       conflict group: A group who has realized that
        their interests are different from and at odds
        with the interests of other groups
“The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the
upper hand, has put an end to all feudal,
patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has
pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal
ties that bound man to his ‘natural
superiors,’ and has left no other bond
between man and man than naked self-
interest, than callous ‘cash payment’ . . . It
has resolved
personal worth into exchange value and in
place of the numberless indefeasible
chartered freedoms, has set up that single,
unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. In
one word, for exploitation veiled by
religious and political illusions, it has
substituted naked, shameless direct,
brutal exploitation.”

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