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Conflict Theory

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Samantha Henry

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of Conflict Theory

Conflict Theory What is Conflict Theories? What does it attempt to explain? Main areas of focus: Basic concepts and Principles: • Interdisciplinary sociological
and polical theory. •Inequalities while setting out to
criticize society. •Inequalities in money, gender, class, and age within today's "society".

•criticizes society.

•Society is unstable and disagreeable, with frquent inconsisten changes.

•Individuals with greater power, are considered higher then those with less.

•Exploitatation and opression within familial bonds.

•One greater force taking control over a weaker force. •Usualy benefits higher ranking individuals

•Society is divided into groups, splitting poeple up according to there power.

•Karl Marx spoke of two different groups

•People believed this was a "natural way of life, and Karl Marx disagreed.

•Start of communism. Power: The possession of control or command over others. This applies to conflict theory because conflict theory is based on an imbalance of power between groups in society. Those without power are oppressed and exploited by those with power. Sam, Celeste,
Tara, Victoria and Johnny Inequality: Lack of equality, as of opportunity, treatment or status. Inequality is a key term in the Conflict theory because it explains how the structure of society is different for everyone. Some have advantages when others do. 5 key terms Bourgeoisie: A name Karl Marx created in the nineteenth century for those who controlled the means of production. The bourgeoisie were a small group in society that had tremendous power. Proletariat: The working people, the majority of the population. Their livelihood was controlled by the Bourgeoisie. Oppression: The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel or unjust manner. Some argue that the oppression of women was linked to capitalism- women staying at home being the ones to look after the children. Since they are not the ones working and making money, they are therefore less powerful than the men, creating an imbalance in the family. History of the family: • In a past typical family, women would stay at home and take care of the children and house while the men would go out into the workforce to provide money. • Men were the authoritative figures in the family and made almost all – if not all – of the decisions. •Women were hardly recognized for the hard work.

•Today, women and men are almost completely equal. Women are accepted in the workforce and obtain a status in society.

•Women continue to be stereotyped as housewives and cleaning machines.

•Conflict theory still continues to hold a grasp on male and female roles. Child Abuse: •A conflict theorist might perceive child abuse as the result of social inequality and social structures.

•Society is structured in a way that one group would benefit more than another.

•Can be seen in relation to child abuse as children are seen as below the parents, and are therefore exploited by those with power, (the parents).

•Inequality in the family, would increase the probability of violence in the family.

•The dominant partner may use violence to maintain their position. Role of women in the family: •In the past, women would stay at home and be the perfect “housewife”.

•Maintained house, raised children, and much more daily labor (with no pay).

•Conflict theory argues that women had once been oppressed so that men can benefit from their positions of wealth, power, and status

•In the past, women had no choice but to marry, have children, and provide the unpaid labor it took to maintain a family.

•Now women are treated as equals to men, however the stereotypes towards women still exist. Human Sexuality: •There are 3 stages of life known as Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood.

• In the eyes of our ancestors the idea of adolescence, did not exist.

•In today’s society, teenagers find themselves constantly having to prove their worthiness, and themselves in general, to adults in order to gain trust and respect.

•Adults are ranked higher up than adolescents, this equals social inequality.

•Being treated and perceived in a negative way by society leads to negative adolescent behavior. Adolescent Behavior:
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