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0000001576 00000 n This monograph introduces the history of sociological theory by focusing on four major strands of theory building: the conflict, the rational/utilitarian, the Durkheimian or normative, and the micro-interactionist tradition. Conflict theorists emphasized the importance of interests over norms and values, and the ways in which the pursuit of interests generated various types of conflict as normal aspects of social life, rather than abnormal or dysfunctional occurrences. Demmers, Jolle.

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Press. Its proponents drew on Max Weber and (to a lesser extent) Karl Marx to construct their arguments, giving differing emphases to economic conflict (Marx) and conflict about power (Weber). Randall Collins's more recent version of conflict theory is distinguished by the fact that it is rooted in the microlevel concerns of individual actors, indeed he claims his theoretical roots lie in phenomenology. Increasingly, during the 1980s, he turned to outlining a microsociological theory highlighting the role of ‘interaction ritual chains’ as the basic unit in the ordering of societies (compare his Conflict Sociology, 1975 and Theoretical Sociology, 1988).

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0000011152 00000 n Conflict theory and the advance of macro-historical sociology. 0000009791 00000 n this page. Lewis Coser's The Functions of Social Conflict (1956) attempts to incorporate the analysis of social conflict into structural-functionalism, seeing it as a process of tension management, or as part of a process of reintegration in response to social change. Conflict theory as a paradigm had a kind of catalytic function in the social sciences. %%EOF Conflict theory originated in the work of Karl Marx, ... Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, critical theorists who were part of The Frankfurt School, focused their work on how the rise of mass culture--mass produced art, music, and media--contributed to the maintenance of cultural hegemony.

This volume covers a broad range of social scientific theories dealing with the phenomenon of social conflict. Lock-wood argues that we can distinguish between system integration, which refers to relationships between different parts of the social system, the economy, and political system; and social integration, which refers to norms and values. The claims of conflict theory against functionalism were comparatively modest compared with later criticisms. 0 Abingdon, UK: Routledge. This theory of alienation was developed in the book, ‘The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts’, written by Karl Marx, in 1844. Finally, Turner 2003 briefly discusses the conflict theoretical tradition and the classical conflict theory paradigm and focuses especially on contemporary neo-Weberian, neo-Marxist, and feminist conflict theory.

Many have seen Marx's theory of class as providing a conflict theory of social change. New York: Columbia Univ.