Sociology - Social Conflicts Applied

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The study of sociology can help one acquire a better understanding of society. In order to grasp this study, theorists have come up with many different theories. The movie The Hunger Games illustrates social conflicts the way theorist Karl Marx explains in his book The Communist Manifesto. In the movie The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross, we are taken to a fictional oligarchy called Panem. The seat of the government is in the Capitol, and they control all twelve poverty stricken districts. Hunger Games is a punishment for a past revolution in Panem. Every year the Capitol forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the hunger games. The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains. The Hunger Games takes place in a arena in the Capitol. Each teenager must be adept at hunting, gathering, fire making, and finding a safe place to sleep, all while being on the defensive waiting for another kid to eliminate you. In order to prolong the game, the game hosts allows sponsors from the Capitol to send help at critical times. The winner of the game will bring home glory, and riches to their district. Karl Marx was a theorist from Germany, who developed the theory of communism. In their book Sociology The Core, Hughes, and Kroehler explained that Marx “believed that society is divided into those who own the means of producing wealth (the bourgeoisie) and those who do not (proletariat), which gives rise to class conflict” (p. 10). Marx claims that the proletariats are being exploited by the capitalists, because the capitalist is earning more capital on the back of the workers, “surplus labor”, in other words the worker is being payed a subsistence wage (Marx,1848) . From his perspective of history, he believes that there will be a revolution of the workers, and
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