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Conflict Theory: definition and assumptions

Conflict Theory: definition and assumptions

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4Seasons Wrote:
We have a responsibility to educate, inform, and empower.
What others do with the information after it's been disseminated is up to them;
however, that doesn't absolve us of our responsibilities.


I agree.
Let's do that.


Definition:

Conflict theory states that the society or organization functions so that each individual participant and its groups struggle to maximize their benefits, which inevitably contributes to social change such as changes in politics and revolutions.

The theory is mostly applied to explain conflict between social classes, proletarian versus bourgeoisie; and in ideologies such as capitalism versus socialism. The theory attempts to refute functionalism, which considers that societies and organizations function so that each individual and group plays a specific role, like organs in the body.

There are radical basic assumptions (society is eternally in conflict, which might explain social change), or moderate ones (custom and conflict are always mixed).

The moderate version allows for functionalism to as an equally acceptable theory since it would accept that even negative social institutions play a part in society's self-perpetuation.

The essence of conflict theory is best epitomized by the classic 'pyramid structure' in which an elite dictates terms to the larger masses.

All major institutions, laws, and traditions in the society are designed to support those who have traditionally been in power, or the groups that are perceived to be superior in the society according to this theory.

This can also be expanded to include any society's 'morality' and by extension their definition of deviance.

Anything that challenges the control of the so-called elite will likely be considered 'deviant' or 'morally reprehensible.'

Repeat:

Anything that challenges the control of the so-called elite
will likely be considered 'deviant' or 'morally reprehensible.'

The theory can be applied on both the macro level (like the US government or Soviet Russia, historically) or the micro level (a church organization or school club). In summary, conflict theory seeks to catalogue the ways in which those in power seek to stay in power. In understanding conflict theory, social class competition plays a key part.

Conflict theory was elaborated in the United Kingdom by Max Gluckman and John Rex, in the United States by Lewis A. Coser and Randall Collins, and in Germany by Ralf Dahrendorf, all of them being less or more influenced by Karl Marx, Ludwig Gumplovicz, Vilfredo Pareto, Georg Simmel, and other founding fathers of .


Assumptions:

The following are four primary assumptions of modern conflict theory:

1. Competition. Competition over scarce resources (money, leisure, sexual partners, and so on) is at the heart of all social relationships. Competition rather than consensus is characteristic of human relationships.

2. Structural inequality. Inequalities in power and reward are built into all social structures. Individuals and groups that benefit from any particular structure strive to see it maintained.

3. Revolution. Change occurs as a result of conflict between competing social classes rather than through adaptation. Change is often abrupt and revolutionary rather than evolutionary.

4. War. Even war is a unifier of the societies involved, as well as war may set an end to whole societies.

In essence, those with power, whether actual or percieved,
seek to maintain it and gain more by explioting those without...
Those without power constantly seek to gain power.
Basically the argument of the 'haves and have nots.'
Over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over.......................

In relation to DTBM,

and other sites,
similar/diss-similar to this one,
(get it?)
both modern day
groups/genders,
Men and Women,
have the equal 'powers'
of freedom, independence,
and the ability to chose
how their lives will be.

Conflict

arises when each sides
power and perceptions of power
is/are challenged.

Men are not women,
and will not tolerate percieved useless harridans.
Women are not men,
and will not tolerate percieved useless assholes.

No compromise can be reached,
nothing constructive gets done,

=   WAR/revolution/evolution/mass awakenings.

Einstein stated, and I quote/paraphrase,
"World War III, will not be fought with
bombs or bullets, but sticks and stones."

And here we are.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_theory


Class dismissed.

P.S.
One doesn't need multiple degrees to figure out that most people/human are, at their core, psychotic, hairless mammals on crack, (the crack of the mind and soul) that harbor serious delusions of grandeur and self importance in their never-ending (however unattainable goal) quest for world domination.

......................................................................................................................................


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You rock, Ev!


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You have the electric currents in my brain moving already this morning - I bet my EEG is off the charts! Great post . . . I've printed this . . . will make an excellent conversation piece!


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Thanks

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without regressing...


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I know.
It's awesome.

Maybe
we can have
just one
thread

that doesn't
get
corrupted
with hostility
and vulgarities.


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RE: Conflict Theory: definition and assumptions

evens1 Wrote:
Conflict Theory: definition and assumptions

By DABLESSING1972

Quote:
4Seasons Wrote:
We have a responsibility to educate, inform, and empower.
What others do with the information after it's been disseminated is up to them;
however, that doesn't absolve us of our responsibilities.


I agree.
Let's do that.



And I agree as well. I agree that we have a responsibility to RESPONSIBLY educate, inform, and empower. I think those with the information will find those who are less informed and....pretty much raise them as foot soldiers and keeping them from realizing who their true enemies are. That's why so many of these soldiers...or "Spartans" have no idea who they're really at war with. Or do they...maybe they find it a bit easier to fend off those generally seen as "weaker".



evens1 Wrote:
Assumptions:

The following are four primary assumptions of modern conflict theory:

1. Competition. Competition over scarce resources (money, leisure, sexual partners, and so on) is at the heart of all social relationships. Competition rather than consensus is characteristic of human relationships.

2. Structural inequality. Inequalities in power and reward are built into all social structures. Individuals and groups that benefit from any particular structure strive to see it maintained.

3. Revolution. Change occurs as a result of conflict between competing social classes rather than through adaptation. Change is often abrupt and revolutionary rather than evolutionary.

4. War. Even war is a unifier of the societies involved, as well as war may set an end to whole societies.

In essence, those with power, whether actual or percieved,
seek to maintain it and gain more by explioting those without...
Those without power constantly seek to gain power.
Basically the argument of the 'haves and have nots.'
Over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over...and over.......................



You can tell some of these weak-minded folk that Emmanuel Goldstein is the enemy...and you don't even know if he exists.

You can tell them that Big Brother is their friend. But what if Big Brother IS Emmanuel Goldstein?

Tell them that sexual fornication between a man and a woman is wrong...or fornication between black men and women is all fucked up for all the wrong reasons...


Lastly you can tell them that WAR IS PEACE...and that we need this war to find that peace...
Or that FREEDOM IS SLAVERY...meaning when you give NIGGAZ a chance to run free...they'll do everything in their power to enslave themselves with money, bling, ice, bitches...whatever.
But what they may or MAY NOT tell you is that IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Because the more ignorant YOU ARE...the STRONGER IT MAKES THEIR CAUSE. That's why I find it fucked up that cats like Dreamweaver comes off like a young dude who really doesn't want to be educated. He just wants to be spoonfed by those with the control. It's EASY to control someone's thoughts when you appear to have their best interests at heart. How easy would it be to find a woman who's been abused by different men...and you get her into bed by spending two or three nights showing how "good of a man" you seem to be.

And how easy would it be to take a scorned black man...and poison his thoughts to teach him hatred for black women...when there was only ONE BLACK WOMAN to be held responsible for his pain?

What's really fucked up...is I see a whole lot of black men who REFUSE to accept responsibility for their own destiny...

And that's EXACTLY what THE SYSTEM itself wants us to believe...that black men are lazy, shiftless, complaining ass muphukas who's rather BLAME YOU for their shortcomings than themselves.


But it's better for THE SYSTEM to have you believe that black women started that nonsense. Why would YOU fight a war when you could turn your enemies against each other? You could just sit back and watch the carnage from a distance. Did black women create welfare? Did brothas come up with the idea of "bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks". I mean REALLY...did brothas REALLY come up with that idea? Did they press the cd's themselves at the pressing plant?


THINK.....!

You say you want a revolution, but how can you save if all you can do is bash?

You say you want war, but you don't even know who your enemy is...

Structual inequality? Yeah it's like separating the blacks from the NIGGAZ RIGHT?

But tell me...what is THE SYSTEM's criteria to distinguish YOU from Dem Niggaz?


evens1 Wrote:

P.S.
One doesn't need multiple degrees to figure out that most people/human are, at their core, psychotic, hairless mammals on crack, (the crack of the mind and soul) that harbor serious delusions of grandeur and self importance in their never-ending (however unattainable goal) quest for world domination.

......................................................................................................................................


Reposted by EV



Yes...I too remember that plan to end humanity. Yes the one which was championed right here...on this forum.


Revolution Brings About A Change. To Change Society You Are Either Trying To Save Or Enslave A Population.
...Save Any Hoes Lately?
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I read this to a friend. You did a excellent Job this is a very Powerful yet to the point post! I would like to hear how you propose we mere mortals find solutions being we have to live on the same planet........I just do not see people giving up their power. Well not until the Creator makes them and changes the power structure of the world once again.

Yet concerning the family there has to be some middle ground. Something that keeps us all from wanting to kill each other. This struggle for power is messing up the earth and relationships. Neither side wants to give up JACK!

"Conflict"
arises when each sides
power and perceptions of power
is/are challenged.


Reality is the name we give to our disappointments

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Sometimes,
I think that a lot of
the problems that we
have are based on

ego

and fear of loss

when threatened/challenged.

I then think
about this concept
called
freedom.

What does that (freedom) mean to you?


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cpjayedem wrote:

I have not experienced true freedom once, in my life. I have been under something that seems free, that people tell me is free, that schools teach is free, that media forces onto me as free. Should I have to settle for such freedom? For the seemingly free? For "the best that there is yet", for systems that are designed to keep me thinking that I am truly free? For propaganda, and wars all centered on essentially maintaining our "free" system, the "free" way of things. If I was to be truly free, things would be different.

We wouldn't need leaders, leaders like Bismarck, Napolean, Bush, Hitler, and Charlemagne. We wouldn't need leaders and the games they play with our lives, like chess. I wouldn't be less than a pawn in this absurdity, far less than what a pawn would mean to the leader. A simple person, a simple student, someone without any influence globally on my own situation, and the situation of those that I know. To be free, the games that leaders conduct globally would have to be eradicated. Because until then, we would be stuck in the system, stuck at the bottom of it, into a hierarchy filled with others born into position, and unable to change it at all.

To be free, governments themselves would have to be stopped, we could not have groups of potential leaders, powerful people at the head of decision making for our own well-being. We would have to control it.

There would be no democratic voting, because voting is a less than fruitful experience, ending in a choice for the better of the 2, or 3, or 400, leaders and groups. The better of, is not the best, the best is when one controls his or her own destiny totally.

There would be no need for these out-dated systems. There would be no towns. There would be no cities. There would be no counties. There would be no countries. There would be only the earth, as it is.

There would be no borders to decide the strongest, or superior of systems. No borders to control where we go, what we see, or who we talk with. No borders to increase "Nationalism", which in turn means that there would be no feelings for the extension of power on a scale that effects millions in other places in the world.

No maps with areas carved into them to control everything that we are, and do, to classify all of humanity, limiting the freedom to be truly oneself and not to be called an American, a Frenchman, or a German.

There would be no societies, used as platforms to endorse and promote the ideas of a few brilliant people and to subjugate others to the ideas of these few.

Freedom in this sense would entail the thinking of oneself, and to be separate from the ideas of others if he or she wanted. But in societies which subscribe to governments, and economic systems, we are tied to these ideas, and are destined to be never truly free.

True freedom would also mean that there would be no economic systems, because there would be no need for money, no need for primitive currencies to buy and sell, all of which limits the freedoms of the people, forced to use the system constructed or be a hopeless starving wanderer.

There would be no occupations, no jobs, no pre-destined purposes, which never never never are what anybody ever thought for themselves to do with their lives. There would not be systems to give people things to do, to keep people from realizing the absurdity of this existence, to keep people trapped in their secure daily lives of money, and of family. To make sure that none realizes that there is no meaningful purpose, no individuals must give up on the established way of things.

Because once one knows that we are here in this abyss of existence and without clear purpose, one realizes that there are no purposes of any merit, or value. Because there is nothing that we can do that means anything because there are no standards. There is no guideline, there are no rules. All there is, is existing, and to wonder for what, and why, and to not know.

Then people begin to know that there is only one path that makes any sense. The path to transcendence, to true freedom.

And then one realizes that all of the existence that everyone else is in, that all the silly humans participate in, the existence of societies, and of governments, and of power, and of money, is the worst reality that could be realized. Because it separates one from all of it. It makes recluses, people who can't socialize with others on mindless levels of small talk about sports, and business. It makes people commit suicide, and it makes truly intelligent individuals.

It makes people want true freedom, but realize that it's not even worth it, because we will die in this existence, this place of mental torment, of no meaning. Where people take occupations to have false purpose rather than no purpose at all. Albert Camus' summation of life for many in the Sisyphus myth, where one finds purpose in meaningless tasks such as jobs, or occupations within an economy, that although Sisyphus pushes the rock up the hill for it to fall again, which is absurd (as are all jobs) he finds purpose in the task. This is as most humans behave, to find purpose in business, and in science, and in mathematics, in teaching, in anything, as meaningless as it all is, because these jobs do not matter, and they have no value. Many simply go through the system because they have not realized that their entire existence has been without meaning. Or they don't want to, and close their minds to ideas about the meaning of life, and the purpose of humanity's existence.
This thread started with "true freedom", but I feel that true freedom only exists outside what we see in the physical world, and is only present within our minds. Freedom is in transcending what is real, as did Siddhartha, and Christ. The only valid purpose that one can speak of, a purpose with any meaning at all is a purpose that Christ spoke of, to love the rest of your kind in this absurd existence. Because there is nothing else that is good and righteous to live for. Let us seek this freedom called truth, for nothing in this existence can ever be meaningful except for knowing why. Knowing why we are here, and why we exist. That's true freedom.


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Outstanding, Wis!

Even, though
personally I
disagree with the
religious aspect/tone
of the closing statement,

I agree and respect it.

Now what if We were
born with this Knowledge,
hardwired into our system,

the Natural Knowledge that
We are
ONE with ALL THINGS,
because We were
BEINGS of PURE ENERGY,

and yet someone
tried to convince you
that
you're not,

and that,
'the Easter Bunny'
'Santa Claus'
'Zeus'
'Jesus'
'the Boogie Monster'

lol

'magic'

'and
smoke and mirror
illusions
over a
phat azz beat'
(we'll now have a
beat selection
from the choir)

'...ect...'

was the
ULTIMATE
ANSWER?

Would'nt that cause
conflict?
Conflict of Interest?


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Dablessing freedom can be summed up in one word "PEACE"

It is when we live, move and breath from the place of that peace which surpasses all understanding that one is truly free. Free from the perceived realties that others have set up for us, even the ones we have set up for ourselves. Peace Peace Peace of Mind. That is TRUE FREEDOM. When I can look at this physical dimension and know it is an illusion. When I am not shaken by powers, people, or even the elements. When I read the above post I just wanted to cry. King Solomon summed it up best......

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all [was] vanity and vexation of spirit, and [there was] no profit under the sun.


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Watch this...







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A Visual Guide...

...for getting to know Your God® and Yourself...


This is You.

This is the only thing
that makes you special...
...to you.


This is your God®.



Your God® Loves You.

You think about Your God® all the time.

Your God® talks to You all the time.

You have great conversations.


Your God® knows whats best for You.
Your God® knows what you REALLY want, hope, and dream for.
So, Your God® gives it to you...


Sometimes,
Your God®
makes it easy for You two
to talk to each other...


Other times,
You feel full of doubt
of Your God®.
Like this...


Sometimes,
you feel like you're wasting your


But, Your God®
says,


...Trust Me...


...come on...


...Seriously...



...You know You can trust ME...



...and that's okay.
...and everything is fine.

After all,
You're just

and why should you question
Your God®?

When
'believing'...
is so much easier...


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Something to consider...

What if GOD®

...is 'tired', too?

I mean, really, think about it.

Tired of...

...watching you repeatedly doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results, and blaming the 'DEVIL' and 'SIN' for you not making better life choices?
...listening to you moan, whine, and complain about 'how bad your life is'?
...listening to your self-ish prayers and requests: 'Lord, give me more money, make me better than the next person, give me more money, make me smarter than, give me more money, make me look better than, give me more money, give me a bigger house, give me more money, gimmie more, gimmie more, gimmie more?'
...listening to you 'pray' for other people, but hate on them in the same breath or shortly thereafter?

If I were GOD®,
I'd get 'tired' of
listening to that
shit all the time, too.

After awhile,
I'd tune it all out,
I'd get bored, and
move on to another
project because thats
what CREATORS do.

What if GOD®
wants YOU to
GETOFFYOUR ASS
ANDDOSOMETHING
ABOUTYOURPROBLEMS
ANDQUITBITCHINGABOUT
THINGSTHATYOUCANTCONTROL
?


I could go on,
but I think that you
all get the point.

Stakes is High






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lol,,,, damn lol!

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