Conflict Theories Of Education And Conflict Theory Essay

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Conflict theories of education
Conflict theory states the tension and conflict arises when there is an unequal contribution of wealth, resources and power distributed between the groups in society (Crossman, 2016). The two groups are the bourgeoisie and the working class people known as proletariat. The bourgeoisie are people who own properties and factories, they come under the capitalist society. Under this system the working class people are working in labour and providing goods to the middle class people, who then go on to sell those goods and gain profit. This shows the working class people are being exploited by the middle class as the work carried out by the proletariat is giving great wealth to the bourgeoisie. This shows conflict between the two classes because both bourgeoisie and proletariat are dependent on each other because the bourgeoisie need the proletariat to produce goods for them and the proletariat need the bourgeoisie for work, the proletariat get paid less and they work for long hours but they have no choice as they are not educated and they have poor housing. However, postmodernist argue that the Marxist view is out of date and the society has entered a new postmodern stage. Although, Marxist believed that capitalism cannot function without a workforce that can accept exploitation from the other class. They also see that education produces class inequality. However, postmodernist reject this view and believe that class divisions are not important and…

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