The Conflict Perspective On Class Struggles

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The family is a social institution present in all human societies. A family unit is a group of people sharing a relationship based on biology, marriage, or adoption. The conflict perspective refers to the inequalities that exist in all societies. The conflict perspective originated from out of Karl Max’s writings on class struggles. This perspective presents society in a different light than do the functionalist and symbolic interactionist perspectives. This perspective focuses on the negative, conflicted, and ever-changing nature of society. Conflict theorists challenge the status quo, unlike functionalists who defend it, encourage social change, and believe that the rich and powerful force social order on the poor and the weak. When looking at the conflict perspective in reference to family, the family works toward the continuance of social inequality, whether on purpose or unknowingly. Wealthy families are able to keep their privilege social position for the members of that family, whereas poorer families are denied this status. This perspective is also more beneficial for men than women. It allows men to maintain their power position. Inequality between the sexes is a result of this family being patriarchal. Gender roles are significant. The roles of the men in the family are much more important than the roles of the women even if the women are more hard-working than their male counterparts.
George Peter Murdock in a study entitled Social Structure (1949),…
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