Differences Between Conflict And Consensus Theories

1864 WordsJan 27, 20158 Pages
In this essay I plan to compare, contrast and evaluate conflict and consensus theories. The similarities and differences between the two types of theory will be examined, as well as the people behind their development. Using the theoretical perspectives of feminism and functionalism, the role of the nuclear family in modern industrial society will be thoroughly explored and analysed. Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Karl Marx are considered by many to be the fathers of Sociology. Their theories have laid the foundations for sociological research and studies ever since their works were first published. (I would explain a bit more about who Durkheim, Weber and Marx are and what their theories are here) There are three main similarities between consensus and conflict theory: The two theories viewed society as an entity in its own right – This is described by the term macrospective The two theories studied economic, political and ideological factors crucial to obtaining social order and social change, sought to unravel the most complex of relationships - that of the individual and society and they also identified the key issues for sociological analysis such as social order and change, inequality, power and social control. These important issues helped to form the foundations for sociology as a scientific discipline. CITATION Emile Durkheim main concern was that traditional societies were made up of ‘homogenous’ people that were more or less the same in terms of values, religious
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