Conflict Theory and Social Learning Theory a Discussion Based on the Film, “Fruitvale Station” Essay

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Conflict Theory and Social Learning Theory a Discussion Based on the film, “Fruitvale Station” Kelly Baker Margaret Hughes Nicole McDade Lisa Pack The University of New England Conflict theories focus on social injustices and oppression. Robbins et al. (2012), defines the concept of conflict theories as: helping us understand conflict and inequality between persons, ideas, groups, social classes, communities, and larger social structures; enhance our understanding of power structures and the way in which power disparities impact people’s lives; are useful in formulating assessments involving oppression and client vulnerability; and may be used to inform policy and guide macro-level practice. There are different conflict theories. One of the pioneers of conflict theories is Karl Marx. He sought to explain the struggles between social classes. Marx saw society as a polarization between two dominant classes: the Capitalists and the Workers (Robbins et al., 2012). Marx defined these classes as: property is concentrated in the hands of the Capitalists and the Workers are forced to sell their labor to the privileged owners (Capitalists), thus creating a divide between the classes and creating oppression (Robbins et al, 2012). The effects of the class differences include exploitation, poverty, and the control of ideas by the wealthy. One of the early theories of elite dominance was termed the Governing Elite or Power Elite. These theories agreed with Marx as far as economic interests and political power. Gaetano Mosca believed that the ruling class was politically based rather than economic and held that a ruling class (Robbins et al., 2012) controlled all political systems. Therefore, instead of elites controlling property and economic interests, the elites control all political endeavors and create oppression and social injustices by taking over

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