Essay on Conflict Theory

911 Words Mar 13th, 2012 4 Pages
Conflict theories are perspectives in social science that emphasize the social, political or material inequality of a social group, that critique the broad socio-political system, or that otherwise detract from structural functionalism and ideological conservativism. Conflict theories draw attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies. It is therefore a macro level analysis of society. Karl Marx is the father of the social conflict theory, which is a component of the 4 paradigms of sociology [1].
Certain conflict theories set out to highlight the ideological aspects inherent in traditional thought. Whilst many of these perspectives hold parallels, conflict theorydoes not
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 Wealth: includes property such as buildings, lands, farms, houses, factories and as well as other assets - Economic situation
 Prestige: the respect with which a person or status position is regarded by others - Status Situation
 Power: the ability of people or groups to achieve their goals despite opposition from others - Parties
According to Weber, there are two basic dimensions of power: The possession of power and the exercising of power.
Weber wrote this essay shortly before World War I, and it was published in German in 1920 as part of Max Weber Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. It was translated into English by Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills with the title "Class, Status, Party" in the 1940s (Weber 1946 and 1978). Most recently, it has been re-translated as "The distribution of power within the community: Classes, Stände, Parties" translated by Dagmar Waters and others (Weber 2010).

Conflict theory
The several social theories that emphasize social conflict have roots in the ideas of Karl Marx (1818-1883), the German theorist and political activist. The Marxist conflict approach emphasizes a materialist interpretation of history, a dialectical method of analysis, a critical stance toward existing social arrangements, and a

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