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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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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2011 for the course FMSC 330 taught by Professor Grutzmacher during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.
- Spring '09