The conflict amongst classes is always between people in the imperatively

The conflict amongst classes is always between people

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The conflict amongst classes is always between people in the imperatively coordinated association . These people are struggling over authority, to recognize or protect and enhance their particular interest. Institutionalization of class conflict
o In marxs view would always result in violence, but Dahrendorfs sees things different he points to the instutuilzation of class conflict, by this he means that class conflict is regulated by institutions. And since its regulated by institution any social change that emerges is reformist is not revolutionary. o In the economic sphere the instituationzation of class conflict is illustrated by unionization and collective bargaining ( as representatives of labour and management meet to try to work out their differences) they both meet and try to meet an agreement) this is what he means by reformists not revolutionary. o In the legal/political sphere of the state,, the institutionalization of class conflict is illustrated by the settlements of grievances through the courts and the negoations of policy and legislation through parliament o The conflict is contained through an institutional setting. o Dahrendorfs sees social conflict is a force for social change, but he sees social conflict as something other than a force social. Sees it as a way to resolving problem and thereby restoring social order. In some ways he’s taking up the points of structural functionalism Criticism of Dahrendorfs Criticism of his definition of classes o Sees classes as different groups in associations. o This means that there is a limitless number of class in society o This renders the concept of class useless we really need to identify a small number of classes for the concept of class to be useful Criticism of his approach to power o Saw every imperatively association as having a dicthomy of positions between those who excerice authority and those who are controlled by authority. o Critics have argued that this dichotomy of position is to simplistic. You cant divide up organization in society this way because they are far more complex. o Some example of the problem the complex system of power in a modern cooperation cannot be reduced to dichotomous relations since it comprisses owners, top exectuces etc don’t know where to draw the line
o Example: many countires , including Canada and great Britain, have multi-part political systems rather than a dichtomous political system like the united states.
04/08/2014 Theoretical ideas of C wright mills Public Many people are expressing opinion and many people are receiving opinion Communication is organized in a way that people can respond to info being received such as a town hall meeting Opinion that are formed within these publics do provide the basis for political action. People can respond Mass People aren’t really expressing opinion, they are just receiving opinion especially through the mass media

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