.Conflict Perspective

The Conflict Perspective
Deborah Arrington
Professor Sharon K Webster

SOC 101 – G1

There is much dialogue about the conflict perspective as it relates to sociology. The conflict perspective assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of tension between groups over power or the allocation of resources such as housing, money, access to services and political representation according to Schaefer, (2011). The conflict perspective is very much active in today’s society. According to Karl Marx (Schaefer, 2011) conflict theory sees society as a dynamic entity constantly undergoing change as a result of competition over scarce resources. However this paper will focus on criticism of conflict theory.
Conflict theorists find social conflict between any groups in which the potential for inequality exists because of racial, gender, religious, political, economical status. My opinion conflict theorists do not have a solution on how to bring these groups together to form some type of social stability.   The theory demonstrates the no one wins because society seems to be oppression some group at some point. That not always true society can share resources and make compromise through negotiations according to Wood, 1983.   For example, today, groups are in a wail over the US having an African America president as commander and chief. Other groups demonstrate their opposition in the political area by creating laws to stop the progress of groups by delaying the right to affordable health insurance. The conflict theory shows having conflicting values and agendas, causing groups to compete against one another however groups can prevail with support rather than opposition.
Conflict theory is criticized for its focus on change and neglect of social stability. Some critics acknowledge that societies are in a constant state of change, but point out that much of the change is minor or incremental, not revolutionary. For example, many modern capitalist states have...