- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea

Conflict Theory

Core definition

Theoretical perspective that focuses on how both change and order arise from struggles (coercion, physical force, competition) between individuals and social groups who wish to maximize their wealth and power.

Longer explanation

So what makes societies tick? Do individuals and groups strive to make functional contributions in cooperative ways? Do we seek consensus ...

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