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The Social-Conflict Theory Of Inequality In Every Society

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The social-conflict theory states that inequality exists in every society, which results in conflict and change. This theory takes into consideration factors such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and age. Throughout history, there has been inequalities between the rich and the poor, males and females, white people and people of color; these inequalities are still ongoing today in several societies around the world. Furthermore, this social inequality causes conflict since it benefits specific groups of people and harms others. The social-conflict theory has two main types: the gender-conflict theory and the race-conflict theory.
The gender-conflict theory, also called the feminist theory, focuses on the inequality between males and
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