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February 8, 2011 Conflict Perspective – sees inequality as inevitable (key theorists are Marx and Weber) - Inequality is systematically created and maintained by those trying to maintain their advantage over the system o Advantage based on many characteristics: class, ethnicity/race, or age - Explains class inequalities in terms of the ability of diff classes to assert their economic and political interests o Ability to exercise control dependent on one’s income, wealth, prestige, and political power Evaluating Theoretical Perspectives - Note that none of these perspectives focus on the role of individual factors in determining poverty - Criticisms of Functionalist perspective o It has a “value” judgment (ex. the argument is not supported when comparing elementary school teachers with professional athletes) o Emphasizes order over justices; reinforces and legitimates inequality o What are considered “normal” functions are not socially desirable - Conflict perspective o Sociologists have documented more empirical support for the conflict
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