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Social Conflict Theory

Author: Paul Hannan

Source: Intro Music by Mark Hannan; Public Domain Images from; Public Domain

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Terms to Know
Macro-level Orientation

​A zoomed out look at the social structures and institutions that shape society.

Power Elite

​A small group composed of the top corporate, political, and military people.

Social Conflict Theory

An approach to social theory that argues that society is characterized by various inequalities and conflicts that cause people to act socially, producing change.

People to Know
C. Wright Mills

An American sociologist famous for the "sociological imagination" and for the concept of the power elite.

Karl Marx

​An economist and sociologist who argued that class is the fundamental inequality in society.

Max Weber

​Renowned sociologist who theorized that conflict in society was also about power and social prestige.