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Mary Lynn Hollinger
- If you have interaction, you have conflict.
Karl Marx saw society as 2 Classes
Karl Marx observed poor workers with
horrible working conditions
While the rich just kept getting richer.
Karl Marx wanted workers
to fight to overthrow their
The theory states there is a constant social competition
among different classes for control of scarce resources.
Power and dominion rules society.
No need for consensus, conformity, or compromises.
Karl Marx believed:
Theorist - Max Weber
George Simmel and Lewis Coser believed:
ALL human societies have conflicts of interest.
What exactly is Conflict Theory?
Social classes are the basic division in society.
Social inequality between the bourgeoisie and proletariat.
Conflicts occur when one class have different interests from the other.
Believes conflicts can be solve by some type of revolution.
Believes that other groups are involve in conflicts --- ethnicity, races, religion, etc.
Believes conflicts will be eternal.
There are positive aspects to conflicts.
Conflicts strengthen group consciousness and establish group identities.
Conflicts can be used to maintain social interaction.
Conflict serves to create unity among groups and remind the group that they share similar goals.
Of Conflict Theory
1. Bourgeoisie - Capitalists who owned
2. Proletariat - Struggling Working Class
He said "Workers of the world unite,
you have nothing to lose but your chains."
causes of crime are the social & economic forces operating in
Unfair sentencing has been
based on racial lines and on class lines.
Whites and blacks use and sell drugs at approx. the same rate yet, black men are
12 x as likely to go to prison for drug offenses.
Racial profiling is prevalent.
NYC's stop-and-frisk law is a prime example.
In the first 3 months of the year, over 50% of the people that were frisked were Black even though they comprise only 23% of the city population.
Minor monetary crimes by the average citizen are punished severely while financial institutions are seen as being
"Too Big to Jail"
Behaviors such as vagrancy & panhandling are criminalized are target the poorest members of our society.
Higher crime rate in lower income areas traces back to the lack of genuine economic opportunity in those areas.
Schools in affluent districts have higher property
taxes which means more money which leads
to better schools and better teachers.
With less funding, schools in lower
income areas are unable to compete.
They have lower test scores and
fewer children who go on
Placement in classes is determined by achievement testing which
is biased culturally towards white affluent children.
Higher income students are placed in Talented classes and encouraged to continue their education and get white collar jobs.
Lower income students who test poorly receive a sub-standard education and quit school or only get blue collar jobs.
Achieving athletic success is the proverbial carrot being dangled in front of lower income minority children.
The are pushed to focus on sports rather than academics in order to escape their situation.
Colleges offer the athlete a full scholarship, with the student having to sign all rights to their name and likeness to the university and the NCAA as part of the conditions of receiving that scholarship.
Rich universities earn millions off of the athlete's likeness while the student athlete is frequently given a sub-standard education and a subsistence standard of living.
Once the athlete is no longer able to perform athletically, the school cuts their losses leaving the athlete with nothing to show for his hard work.
Conflict theory shows us that the lower classes are being economically exploited for capitalist gain.
Conflict theory is also prevalent in ALL parts of
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"The Bourgeois Blues"
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