Social Conflict Theory Essay

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After-Shock and Social Conflict Theory Social Conflict theory, or approach, is a framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change. (Macionis J., 2011) Just as Macionis describes this social conflict in the book Society, The Basics—11th Edition, that this approach highlights how factors such as class, race, ethnicity, gender and age are linked to inequality in terms of money, power, education and social prestige, there are many examples of this in Robert B. Reich’s After-Shock, The Next Economy and America’s Future. In chapters two and three of Reich’s After-Shock, he describes situations and compares both the great depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s with the recession of the late 2000’s and the years prior to each describing what the economy was like and the situation the people of America were in at these times. During these 2 chapters, Reich points out several elements of social conflict theory between the people of different classes and the money and wealth that separates them. During this essay I will point out a couple examples of these elements of social conflict theory in Reich’s analysis and I will also point out some of the data that he draws upon to make this argument. One of the very specific elements that I noticed while reading these 2 chapters was in the chapter “Parallels” on page 22. Reich describes some parallels between two different classes, middle/lower class known as the working class to the business class or known as the upper class. In the second paragraph on this page, Reich says, “The two groups—working class and business class—once again earned vastly different wages and benefits and had sharply different ways of life.” (Reich B., 2010) In the following paragraph that reads “Across the nation”, Reich goes on describing the differences between these two very
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