Upon scrutiny, however, it turns out that it is most closely related to the framework of elite theory. Keywords: conflict theory, class, social stratification, class theory, elite theory, Mosca, Pareto Ralph Dahrendorf arguably ranks amongst the most influential social theorists of the former century. Given this significance, it is worth revisiting his conflict theory from the angle of what kind of social differentiation conception it adopts. Social differentiation is here meant as the most general term, of which social stratification and class theory are principal subtypes.

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Hobbes vs. Rousseau Utopians are represented by the Functional theory of society Rationalists are represented by the Conflict theory of society The two positions are mutually exclusive in most fields and people, but not is sociology. Good Sociology uses one in A, another in B and both in C.

Every Society is at every point subject to the processes of change. Change is everywhere. Conflict is everywhere Every Element in a society contributes to its disintegration and change Every Society is based on coercion of some members by others. In society there are many organizations. Interest groups When the latent interest becomes manifest interest then the group becomes conscious about their group interest. Due to this they are organized and can put pressure on the rival groups. Conflict group When interest group evolved into an organized group to overthrow the rival group then it is a conflict group.

More there is a link between organizational authority and the distribution of rewards the more possibility for conflict. If the movement of subordinate group to higher position is made more difficult the more there is conflict. If the economic, political or social goals of the organizations are less met then more there is conflict. More intense the conflict the more possibility of change. Karl Marx Karl Marx was a socialist theoretician and activist, a major figure in the history of economic , sociological and philosophical thought, and a great social prophet.

Population, crime and pauperism. Collected Works, The main argument of Karl Marx can be summarized as follows: i The purpose of philosophy is to reconstruct the world and not to explain the origin of the universe. I hope I have reported correctly the propositions, which formed the original basis of Marxian Socialism. Marx was particularly interested in explaining the transition from the feudal mode of production to Capitalism and, eventually to Socialism.

Contentious issue: Relations of production were actually determined by political struggle between different groups in society over the control of the mode of production. For example, despite the fact that feudalism was based on aristocratic control over land and agricultural labour, this did not simply determine that there would always be a feudal set of relations of production.

Rather, capitalists, emerging industrial entrepreneurs, were able, through political struggle to alter the relations of production in way that eventually led to the emergence of a dominant capitalist mode of production. Best way to say it. But people make their own history, just. Marx also argued that societies could simultaneously have multiple modes of production and in particular that during times of transition, such as from feudalism to capitalism, that competing modes of production could coexist for quite some time; thus, Marxists argue for the importance of examining the Social Formation.

The reason studying the historical social formation of a society is so important to Marxists is that underling all modes and relations of production is a basic set of social classes.

Class, and class analysis is the single most important concept in socialist analysis. Where liberalism focuses on individuals as the basic unit of analysis, socialist political economy lumps individuals into broad social groupings and attempts to understand those groups, or classes, as the basic unit of analysis. Different factions struggle for political dominance; however, the basic divergence in interests produced by the process of production creates a tension which plays a determining role in political struggles.

Marx developed a number of important points in his analyses of capitalism. Firstly, much like the classical political economists, Smith and Ricardo. Secondly, much like the classical political economists, Marx argued that profits were the engine of growth in capitalist economies, but he argued that profits were based on surplus value.

Over the long term, the only way that investors could make profits was by employing people. The only way profit levels could be increased was by increasing the extraction of surplus value from workers. This could be done either by increasing: Relative surplus value which would mean increasing the productivity of workers by forcing workers to work harder or more efficiently , Or by increasing the: Absolute surplus value by forcing workers to work longer hours for less money.

Marx argued that once created, 4 Capitalism was dynamic — would spread. Efficiency in organizing production and extracting surplus value made it superior It is important to understand this — Marx and those influenced by Marx assumed that capitalism was extremely efficient — it was much better than any mode of production that had come before; however, unlike liberals, they were deeply concerned about the levels of inequality that capitalism produced.

Because profits came only from exploiting workers, these investments on their own did not create higher rates of profit. As the ratio of indirect labour machinery grew in relation to direct labour, there would be a steady decline in the rate of profit.

The only way to reverse this trend was by increasing the exploitation of workers — making them work longer or harder, or for less money. Bottom Line: Capitalism prone towards crises and collapse Capitalism, although volatile, has proven to be extremely flexible and dynamic, and has somehow avoided the complete crises predicted by Marx.


Ralf Dahrendorf - Dahrendorf's Theory On Class Conflict

This new theory attempted to bring together structural functionalism and Marxism. Dahrendorf states that capitalism has undergone major changes since Marx initially developed his theory on class conflict. This new system of capitalism, which he identifies as postcapitalism, is characterized by diverse class structure and a fluid system of power relations. Thus, it involves a much more complex system of inequality.


Ralf Dahrendorf

After this, his family moved to Berlin. In , during the last year of the Second World War he was arrested again for engaging in anti-Nazi activities and sent to a concentration camp in Poland. He was released in He married his first wife, Vera, in She was a fellow student at the London School of Economics. Together they had three daughters: Nicola, Alexandra and Daphne Dahrendorf. When he was created a peer in , his wife became known as Lady Dahrendorf.

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