SOC 402 Coser - -Allows resentment to build, explode...

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Main premise: Conflict is, at times, necessary for society to evolve - suppressing conflict is harmful Summary: When is conflict functional? Conflict type Functional Destructive Conflict Issue Non-essential - not that upon which the group is based Essential - a party has rejected the basic principles they formerly agreed upon Group Structure -Allow segmental (partial) participation -> lower stakes in conflicts -Disperse energies of members -Experience conflict that is frequent, but contained Loose-knit (more or less organic solidarity) -Demand total participation of members -Suppress disagreement - when a disagreement becomes big enough, then, huge conflagration erupts
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Unformatted text preview: -Allows resentment to build, explode Close-knit (more or less mechanical solidarity) External Environment-Involve less of members' personalality-Have a more flexible group structure-More stability and consensus because cleavages are criss-crossing Occasional Conflict-Lay claim to members' total personality-Suppress internal dissent-Suffer instability, splintering along a single axis (cleavage) of conflict Continual Struggle Social Structure Flexible Rigid Type of conflict Realistic Non-Realistic Lecture 6B - Lewis Coser (1913-2003) - When is conflict "Functional"? A Synthetic theory Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:59 AM Class Notes Page 1...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 402 taught by Professor Jeremystraughn during the Fall '07 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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