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Conflict Theory

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  1. Conflict Theory • Competition for scarce resources • How the elite control the poor and weak • Focuses mainly on the negative, conflicted and ever-changing nature of society • Violent and nonviolent competition • When two elements in society are in conflict • There has to be some resolution in this conflict • If both take place this is what makes society go forward

  2. Conflict Theory • Macro • Change • Inequality • Power • Competition between opposing groups • Karl Marx Weber

  3. Conflict Theory • Marx: dealt more with economics • Weber: dealt more with power • Topics of interest • Decision making in the family • Relationships among racial groups in a society • Labor disputes between workers and employers

  4. Interactionist Perspective • Also known as symbolic interactionism • People attach meanings to symbols • Example • Wedding: wedding bands, vows, white bridal dress, wedding cake, church ceremony, flowers • Also interested in how people interact

  5. Interactionist Perspective • Micro • Process • Communication • Interpretation • Non-verbal communication (symbols) • Max Weber • George H. Mead

  6. Assignment • Verstehen • Social statics • Social Darwinism • Social dynamics • Variable • Theoretical perspective • Social phenomenon

  7. Symbols • Think of 15 symbols that anyone in the U.S. would know if you asked them • Must be appropriate