Consensus v.s. Conflict

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Advanced Higher Sociology Note on Consensus v.s. Conflict, created by hanni1995 on 05/21/2013.

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Describe two differences between consensus and conflict theories. One difference between consensus and conflict theories are that consensus emphasises harmony, integration and stability within society. Conflict theories, however, stress conflict, struggle and change. An example, is the functionalist theory which believes harmony is necessary for society to function effectively. However, Marxism, which is a conflict theory, believes that it is the bourgeoisie that impose idea and control what happens in society and the proletariat have no say or control. Another difference between consensus and conflict theories is that the consensus theorists stress value consensus. This is shared values which are agreed upon by society as a whole. Whereas, conflict theorists do not believe this. Conflict theories believe that values are imposed on society by powerful groups and that there is no agreement, amoungst less dominant groups, on what constitutes societies norms and values. 

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