HHS 4M1 Conflict Theory

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HHS 4M1 Conflict Theory

  1. 1. Examining the role of Conf lict in Relationships
  2. 2.  Inspired by Marxist Theory and Friedrich Engels (late 1800s) Takes shape 1960s and 1970s Hierarchies of race and gender rejected and re- examined. Questioning relationships and the family structure
  3. 3.  To criticize society and relationships, rather than explain them! Unlike functionalism, conflict theory focuses on when and where relationships are ineffective. Sees conflict as a sign of inequality/power imbalances
  4. 4. Functionalism Conflict Theory Organized to function  Organized according to effectively power imbalance Equilibrium  Competition Structures work to meet  Competition prevent needs needs from being met Conflict because we are  Conflict because needs not following “the norm” are neglected
  5. 5.  How would a Conflict theorist criticize the “norms” of Functionalism?
  6. 6.  Relationships are organized according to power and hierarchies, and not functional interdependence.
  7. 7.  Who are relationships functional for? How do relationships operate to benefit some and not others? Who has power and who is being exploited? Whose needs are met, and whose are neglected?
  8. 8.  Competition Inherent Inequality Unmet needs = tension and conflict Conflict necessary for change.
  9. 9.  Gender (male entitlement, female oppression) Age Education (educated, career established vs unemployed, working in the home)
  10. 10.  Attention Emotional support Access to resources (financial, social) Roles and authority Time together, free time
  11. 11.  Conflict is good. It is how we deal with it that results in negative and/or positive effects. Natural and crucial part of partner interaction.
  12. 12.  Inherent power imbalances and competition ... BUT, we identify with partners because of common goals and mutual affection
  13. 13.  The absence of conflict and tension indicates a successful relationship. Conflict Theorists say No! Why is this?

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