Socl 2001 Notes 1-30-2012

Socl 2001 Notes 1-30-2012 - Socl 2001 Notes Monday 1/30/12...

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Socl 2001 Notes Monday 1/30/12 Social Conflict Theory -the way social life is organized (social structure) benefits some people but not others. This leads to power struggles -groups without power conflict with groups in power. Those in power want to stay in power. Those without power want to gain the upperhand and reform society -Social inequality and social change result from these struggles (this contrasts with Structural Functionalism, which suggests that social inequality and social change exist because some people have to work the less desirable jobs) Karl Marx: Founder of Social-Conflict Theory -1818 – 1883 -From Germany, settled in London and lived in poverty to escape persecution -Power struggles in beginning of industrial revolution -He wanted to find out why power struggles have been repeated throughout history -He came up with the Theory of the Economy: -Economy change drives social change -he considered the rise of capitalism during his time
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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