Conflict Theory - Functionalism Functionalism Can you give...

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Unformatted text preview: Functionalism Functionalism Can you give some examples of manifest & latent functions? Eg of government policies, our social institutions etc? Eg the manifest & latent functions of university education Conflict theory: Karl Marx Conflict theory: Karl Marx Karl Marx - founder of conflict theory Witnessed how the Industrial Revolution transformed Europe Shocked by workers’ suffering and exploitation Analysed society & history => Conflict theory Marx concluded that the key to human history is class conflict In each society, some small group controls the means of production and exploits those who are not in control Conflict theory Conflict theory Derived from Marx’s work, conflict theory pictures society as fragmented into groups that compete for social & economic resources (cf functionalists who view society as a harmonious whole with its parts working together) Social order is maintained by domination , not consensus, with power in the hands of those with the greatest political, economic, & social resources...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Cheunge. during the Fall '11 term at University of Macau.

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