Session%203%20-%20Conflict - The Conflict Perspective...

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1 The Conflict Perspective Functionalist Perspective Conflict Perspective Interactionist Perspective Society Conflict Theorists ± View groups within society as being engaged in a struggle for control of scarce resources ± Conflict theorists ask who benefits from particular behaviors, policies or attitudes ± e.g. disposal of toxic waste
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2 Conflict Theorists ± Conflict theorists focus on struggle for control of resources across multiple domains, including: ± Race ± Class ± Gender ± Religion ± Age Note: any dimension where one or more “groups” are competing for control of resources C. Wright Mills: The Power Elite ± Phrase to explain the concentration of wealth and power in a small sector of society: ± Corporate Leaders ± Military Leaders ± Politicians Power Elite ± Mills contends that this triad constitutes the true power brokers in post-industrial society ± Some neo-conflict theorists have applied this concept to the study of interlocking corporate directorates (the degree to which Board of Director members serve on
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2010 for the course PHIL 1104 taught by Professor Larvy during the Spring '09 term at UConn.

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