Conflict In The Theory Of Critical Race And Conflict Theory

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Critical Race and Conflict Theory Critical race theory focuses on the fact that racism is a normal part of American society rather than an anomaly (Marx, 2008). It is something so entrenched in society and the institutions that uphold it, that it seems normal to people in the American culture (Harrell & Pezeshkian, 2008). This can be seen in the use of microaggressions. Microaggerssions are brief everyday nonverbal and verbal slights sent to people of color unconsciously by white people, who do not understand the message they are communicating (Harrell & Pezeshkian, 2008).
The notion of colorblindness is also an important aspect of critical race theory (Marx, 2008). Critical race theory purports that the notion of colorblindness in the legal
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There are various forms of domination, coercion, and constraints in society, which lead to conflicting interest (Robbins et al., 2012). These conflicting interest lead to conflicts, and in turn bring about change in society by resolving these conflicts. Conflicts can occur within a system, called endogenous conflicts and include issues of the dispersion of power and resources (Robbins et al., 2012). They can also occur between systems, called exogenous conflicts, which can lead to wars (Robbins et al., 2012). Whether the conflict is endogenous or exogenous, the result of the conflict is change. According to conflict theory, change rather than stability is the norm in society (Robbins et al., …show more content…
As a whole, many of the ideas that are held by members of society have been constructed over time by society itself. Issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality are all examples of social construction (Dutt & Grabe, 2014). The only reason these issues exists, is because society has given them a meaning by way of categorizing people in a hierarchal fashion (Dutt & Grabe, 2014). As was stated, gender is a socially constructed issue that has placed men and women in specific roles in our society. With men being strong, emotionally controlled, and the providers for the family, while women are nurturing, sensitive, homemakers (Levant, 2008). These roles have placed a strain on the individuals who have failed to conform to them (Robbins et al., 2012). Additionally, the roots of these socially constructed gender roles run deep and as traditional roles of men and women are changing; it is causing problems for both

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