Theoretical Perspective On Conflict Theory

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Theoretical Perspective Essay: Conflict Theory As a society in the U.S., we can be looked upon from three different perspectives. Through Structural Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Symbolic Interactionism. I want to start off defining each term first. First, Structural Functionalism. Structural Functionalism is where a system or a group come together and do various tasks in order to keep the system running. Second, there is Conflict Theory. Conflict Theory is when there are multiple groups going against each other in order to gain a higher power and maintaining that power. And last but not least, there is Symbolic Interactionism. Structural Functionalism is the views on society as a collection of relationships among people with common meaning and significance. All three of these play a huge role when it comes to the view on the world, but one definitely sticks out to me more than the other two. For this essay, I chose to put my focus on the Conflict Theory. After going into depth in class about the three views, listening to examples, and just reading or watching the news on a daily basis, I feel like this view fits my perspective on society more. There are many groups in not just the U.S. but all over the world that have an effect on our country. For instance, we have the Republican and the…show more content…
An example of this view would be a simple task of someone getting ready for the day. A person will go through different options for an outfit to wear that day. While looking through the options they have in mind, a person will go through “dialogue” within their own mind on what they think of which option, and possibly what their friends would think when they saw that person. The Definition of this situation is: the meaning of any situation is defined by the individuals involved. As a society, we create our own realities through interaction with others and personal interpretation of those
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