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Conflict Theory and India

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Tamara Francis

on 28 August 2014

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Transcript of Conflict Theory and India

Conflict Theory
Conflict Theory and Social Change...
Conflict is natural and inevitable in all societies

Social change from conflict between groups competing for power, resources and prestige.

Wealthy and powerful ensure status quo - continuation of social practices/institutions favourable to them.

Power & status used to dominate the vulnerable

Conflict and instability = facilitators of change - vital role in remedying inequalities

Conflict Theory
Social Change in India

Revolt against British colonial rule in 1850s.

Political change - vote for Independence 1947

Religious and political instability - differences between Muslim and Hindu communities

Time to apply...
Remember: There is no single theory
that can be applied to a country
to sufficiently explain social change!
SWOT Analysis
Conflict will continue until the vulnerable underclass enacts social change by revolting and challenging the system!
What are some examples of social change in contemporary India?
Social stratification and mobility
Women's Rights
Class at the heart of all conflict (trigger)

Exploitation of working class (proletariat) by powerful upper classes (bourgeoisie)
Contemporary social theorists
have broadened idea of conflict
to include things such as:
Religious Beliefs




Issues of social welfare
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