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The Conflict Perspective Conflict theorists see society less as a cohesive system and more as an arena of conflict and power struggles . Instead of people working together to further the goals of the "social system," People are seen achieving their will at the expense of others . People compete against each other for scarce resources . Basic inequalities between various groups is a constant theme of conflict theory. Power, or the lack of it, is also a basic theme of conflict theory. Since some people benefit at the expense of others, those who benefit use ideology to justify their unequal advantage in social relationships . Marx is a conflict theorist. He argued that the struggle between social classes was the major cause of change in society . Much change, in fact, happens as rich people and poor people compete over scarce resources. Not all conflict theorists are Marxist. Weber is also a conflict theorist. Where as Marx focused on class conflict as the "engine" of historic change, others see conflict among
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Unformatted text preview: groups and individuals as a fact of life in any society. Conflict can occur over many other aspects of society unrelated to class. For example, conflict can occur over water rights (in West Texas and New Mexico). Conflict occurs when two people have a car accident. Conflict occurs between men and women. Conflict and Change As a result of tension, hostility, competition, and disagreements over goals and values, change is one of the basic features in society . In general, change occurs because of inequality and the battle over scarce resources . Conflict occurs because people want things (power, wealth, and prestige) that are in short supply . One should realize that conflict is not intrinsically bad . Conflict provides grounds where people unite in order that they may act on their common interests. Conflict is the motor for desirable change....
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