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Unformatted text preview: FMSC330- Lecture 3 09/09/2009 05:59:00 Conflict Theory - Sociological theory that is primarily concerned with change- Assumptions: Human beings are essentially self-orientated and inclined when they think necessary to pursue their own interest at the expense of others. Societies represent organized systems of species survival Human societies operate under conditions of perpetual scarcity for most resources needed for lives of its members Resources in all societies are inherently unequal - Key Concepts: Competition: negative interdependence between members of a social system (family)- I win, you lose, you win, I lose- also called zero sum Conflict: confrontation between group members over resources or goals Consensus: a social process used for managing conflict where all group members agree on the most desirable course of action or outcome. Negotiation & bargaining/ Threats & Promises: process by which consensus...
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- Spring '09