Conflict Theory And Symbolic Interactionism Essay

1288 Words Oct 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Society can be characterized as a complex system; a system that can only be understood through the four major theories of society: Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Cultural theory. Two of the major theories that will be discussed are Conflict theory and Symbolic Interactionism. Conflict theory focuses on the different social groups of society and how those groups are in conflict with each other based on the differences in power. Symbolic interactionism, however, focuses on the interaction between people in society through meaningful symbols. Although there are differences in both theories, being that the focal point of conflict theory is power and conflict, and the focal point of symbolic interactionism is the interpretation of everyday interactions, there is a similarity in both theories; a similarity being that both theories do not view society as a whole.
Furthermore, conflict theory can be described as one of the four major theories of society, which argues that society consists of social groups with fluctuating levels of power, are in conflict with one another. Conflict theory was developed in the 1960s, when there were many different social groups that came about; these social groups include the Civil Rights Movement, Second Wave Feminism, the Gay Rights Movement, and etc. One question that conflict theorists consistently ask is who benefits from this conflict. The answer is that groups with the greatest power benefit from this conflict and…

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