Conflict Theory - Conflict Theory Dahrendorf's ideas on...

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Conflict Theory : Dahrendorf’s ideas on intergroup conflict: The intergroup conflict was derived as a thesis he counterpoised against Parson’s emphasis on consensus. He claims society is composed of unequal power and competing group interests. Dahrendorf highlights different structural changes in capitalism, he notes that it is now differentiated between ownership and management and there is a decomposition of the working class. Democratization of conflict – The establishment of diverse interest groups and organizations, and of conflict-mediating/negotiating bodies. Contemporary Capitalism has a plurality of classes – there are many different authority structures based on diverse economic, political, social status, and bureaucratic resources and interests. C. Wright Mills : Critiqued the conceptual abstraction in Parson’s writing – which was referred to as “grand theory” Weber (rationalization): Rationalization is the practical application of knowledge to achieve a desired end. Its goal is efficiency, its means are total coordination and control over the social processes needed to attain
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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