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SOC 402 Dahrendorf

SOC 402 Dahrendorf - change remains invisible or latent a...

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Davis and Moore -Stratification is necessary and functional a. Dahrendorf -Strtification is a potential source of conflict and change b. Coser -Conflict can be a source of stability as well as change c. Theories of Stratification, Conflict, and change 1) Authority -The capacity to exercise power over others legitimately by one's virtue, office, or position a. A hierarchically organized system of instituitionalizes positions, each with its own role expectations, role interests, and authority relations -compare to bureaucracy in Weber i. Examples of ICAs -governments, firms, religious bodies, clubs, schools, military, etc ii. Imperatively Coordinated Association b. Authority -the basis of conflict 2) Positions and roles in ICAs are either Dominant or Subordinate a. Dominant desires stability i. Subordinate desires change ii. Position determines interest b. Same occupation does not imply same role or same class c. Authority relations in ICA's -Dahrendorf's two-class model 3) Latent interests -as long as authority relations (or coersion) preserve the social order, subordinates' vested interest in
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Unformatted text preview: change remains invisible, or latent a. Manifest interests - Under certain conditions, latent interests can become manifest interests, increasing the potential for conflict between Authority and Subordinate groups b. Group interests: latent and manifest 4) Technical conditions - availability of leaders, recognition of common interests (i.e., charter) i. Political conditions - freedom and opportunity to organize ii. Communication among individuals sharing common interests 1) Lumpen proletariate - homeless, jobless, rootless group, very hard to organize a) Recruitment into interest groups is not random, i.e., the members have common interest 2) Social conditions iii. Necessary conditions for conflict groups to form a. Stages of group formation 5) Lecture 6B - Ralf Dahrendorf (1929- ) - Postwar conflict theory Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:39 AM Class Notes Page 1...
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