Chapter 7 Conflict Theory by phf13063

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									Chapter 7: Conflict Theory
   Marxist Theories
   Background
   Instrumental & structural marxism
   Liberal Conflict Theory
   Implications for Social Policy
Marxist Theory

                    Karl Marx background
                    Premise: conflict is
                     economic in nature
                    Class conflict
Class Conflict
   Capitalists              Workers
   Own & control means      Work for wages
    of production            Vulnerable to
    (infrastructure)          displacement &
   Achieve wealth            exploitation
    through capital
How do capitalists control
society?
   Superstructure –
    institutions which
    shape ideology
   Media
   Education
   religion
Contemporary Marxism
   Crime & deviance is a response/reaction
    to deprivation
Instrumental & structural marxism
   Instrumental                Structural Marxism
   capitalist class is         Factions among
    monolithic                   capitalists
   State is an instrument      State more
                                 autonomous
                                Ex: Kyoto Accord
Liberal Conflict Theory
   Conflict is not necessarily economic. May
    be based on :
   Culture Conflict (Sellin)
   Political Conflict (Vold’s Group Conflict)
   Institutional Power (Turk’s authority-
    subject conflict)
Social Policies
   Redistribution of Wealth (Marxism)
   Changing power structures through
    democratic/political reforms (Liberal
    Conflict)

								
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