Conflict Theory: Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism

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Conflict Theory In sociology there are thought to be three main theoretical perspectives. These perspectives offer sociologists theoretical schools of thought for explaining how society influences people, and vice versa. The three being Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism, and Conflict Theory. The one that makes the most sense to me and I find to be the best to me is Conflict Theory. Conflict Theory basically says that everyone fights for the best resources and embraces the whole “survival of the fittest” thing. I believe it is the best theory because I think it is the most realistic, although I do believe it does have its flaws like the other two theories. While I’m not claiming it is perfect I do believe that Conflict Theory is the closest …show more content…
In my hometown we have a few people in the community who feel they have been wronged by others and the people that run the school district there. One of them was a former Varsity basketball coach who also was a former alumnus of the school, he was caught committing violations of the chain of command by doing things he wasn’t supposed to. He did a few things such as charge more for the team shoes than he was supposed to. Eventually some parents raised complaints because they were paying upwards of fifty dollars more for them than what they could just buy them for online. The representative from the company they were working with for the team equipment lost his job because of the wrong doing but the coach didn’t yet. A few more things popped up and his contract was eventually non-renewed. Many in the community couldn’t understand why he was run out. So now he just ran and was elected for the school board because he got enough people who had no idea what he did to vote for him. The point is that he was caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to so now he’s on a power trip because he thinks he was wronged when he was fired for just cause. I feel this is related to the topic because he went from having everything he wanted to committing a violation and now going on a power trip on the school board to shove it to the people who he think wronged him even though what they did in firing him was right. Also, his buddy “Bob” ran for school board as well and those two got two of the three open spots this year. They both are so full of themselves its unbelievable. Bob has made comments to member of the staff and administration such as “you better dust off your resume when I’m on the school board.” He’s a guy who thinks that because he owns a lot of property where I’m from that he is better than everyone and can do

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