Essay on Marx 's Conflict Theory And Durkheim 's Functionalist Theory

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In 2010, a community survey was conducted by the CTSIP on the Central Texas Region. The research showed that the general population who had lower incomes did not have any type of health insurance. In this paper, I will be examining the charts in depth according to Marx’s Conflict Theory and Durkheim’s Functionalist Theory. In table 3 of the data that was collected by the CTSIP, it shows that the lower percentage of people in the $15,000 margin have worse health than those who are in $35,000 margin. The difference in health problems is large even among the poor to the lower middle class. Then the lower middle class compared to those in the $85,000 margin shows that there is only a small percentage of people who have health problems. Similarly, to table 3, in table 1 those who are in the $35,000 margin and below have little to no healthcare insurance and even more so in the $25,000-$35,000 margin. This is most likely due to them having families and welfare. The data in both of these graphs shows that income effects health as well as income determining who has insurance.
Marx’s Conflict Theory suggests that economic class defines society. In fact, there are only two classes. Those who have a lot of money are known as the Bourgeoisie or upper class, then those who have very little are known as the Proletariats or lower class. The people in the upper class do not have to work as hard according to this theory, but they still reap the benefits of life. Then the lower class who…

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