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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 3: Conflict Perspective CONFL ICT PERSPECT IVE A. WHAT IS CONFL ICT PERSPECT IVE? The conflict theorists believe that society is a complex system characterized by inequality and conflict that generates social change. B. MA I N FEATURES • Various parts of social system do not fit together harmoniously • Social order through force • Competing goals of individuals leads to conflicts • Limited resources lead to conflicts • Conflict is the major source of real change in society • Conflict theorists t ry to analyze who benefits from particular social arrangements = Marxists say you can analyze any socials situation C. KARL MARX AND CONFL ICT PERSPECT IVE 1. EVOLUTION OF SOCIETY • Preclass Societies = at this particular time way back when people hunted and gathered everything, people moved from place to place, no boundaries. You didn’t own anything, but you owned everything, no property = NO INEQUALITY. no exploitation • Asiatic Societies = farming, people started to own things which leads to...
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '06 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '06