Conflict vs Empowerment Theory

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Conflict Theory vs. Empowerment Theory
Western Kentucky University

Conflict Theory vs. Empowerment Theory

Conflict Theory originated from the great German theologian, Karl Marx. Many of the social beliefs that support and strengthen this theory have been rooted in the ideas of Karl Marx himself. He believed that it’s not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence which determines their stream of consciousness. With this being the motto of this theory it’s easy to see that Marx believed that the social infrastructure of each man and woman determines their very place in the society in which they live, not the other way around. This theory believes that the determinate for each individual social
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These values apply to both theories. Both theories aim to better individuals in attempts to better a society as a whole. They aim to teach respect and unity so that individuals can live peacefully and happily amongst each other in a society.
I feel that both theories account for the influence of social privilege and social oppression. They both push the idea of social equality. Social privileges are in our everyday society. Nobody in our society is looked upon as “deserving” to live miserably. Everyone needs food, water, shelter, and clothing, however, not everyone is fortunate to have all or any of those things. Because of this, social workers are a big need in our society. They are such a need because we as a society believe in those social privileges and strive to omit social oppression. Conflict Theory accounts for social privilege because it’s based on survival. It’s based on a individual looking out for his/herself by working hard and providing his/herself with shelter, food, water, and clothing. Also Karl Marx studied social conflict his entire life and wanted to reduce social inequality. The social conflict theory can be described as favoritism. Society tends to show favoritism to the prestigious members of that particular society. Social inequality is shown throughout the world from situations of race, ethnicity, gender, and age. These factors may dictate wealth, schooling,
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