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In Conflict Theory social problems originate from the exploitative nature of capitalism, along with class, racial, ethnic, gender, and other inequalities. Social problems arise from different types of social conflict.

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Sociology 101 FinalThe Economic Recession and Conflict TheoryIn Conflict Theory social problems originate from the exploitative nature of capitalism, along with class, racial, ethnic, gender, and other inequalities. Social problems arise from different types of social conflict. The most common being class, racial or ethnic, and gender conflict. They stem from inequality between the powerful and the weak. The essence of conflict theory is best epitomized by the classic "pyramid structure" in which an elite dictates terms to the larger masses. All majorsocial structures, 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. Conflict theorists would argue that all groups in society are born from conflict. An example might be that oflabor unions, which are developed to fight for the interests of workers, whereas trade organizations are made to fight for the interests of the moneyed classes. This theory of groups is opposed to functionalism in which each of these groups would play a specific, set role in society. In functionalism, these groups cooperate to benefit society whereas in conflict theory the groups are in opposition to one another as they seek to better their masters. (Stolley)-- Social-conflict theory focuses on competition between groups. Whereas functionalists focus on balance and stability within a social system, confl

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