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The Role of Conflict in Society
Comparison of the way Marx, Weber, and Durkheim saw the role of conflict in society.
# 49601 | 1,008 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper outlines, compares, and contrasts the theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim regarding the role conflict plays in society. The paper indicates that Marx's view of conflict had an economic and sociological base, while Weber's view emphasized philosophy and religion, and Durkheim's view emphasized a psychological and anthropological approach.

From the Paper:

"Although conflict is often viewed in negative terms in today's society, the idea of class conflict assumes a positive shade in Karl Marx's discussion of the class struggle that drives modern history. According to Marx, all of human history has existed in the form of a struggle in regards to class. Every phase of human history is divided between the struggle between those who have, economically speaking, and those who "have not." This conflict results in a constant state of tension or conflict between these two types of human instruments that generate material economic production. This sense of conflict invariably cumulates in an overthrow of the ruling power and the installation of a new regime."

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