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Conflict Theory and India
Transcript of Conflict Theory and India
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
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!
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
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:
Issues of social welfare