Conflicting Theories in Sociology

Conflicting Theories in Sociology

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According to Lewis Coser, conflict generates new ways in which people in a particular area will start to live and indirectly or directly stimulate economic and technological ways. The processes include; incompatibility where everyone’s families and people feel that they are taken not to be from the majority, a crime where people commit a crime like a robbery, etc. and immoral behavior like prostitution and drug abuse (Ward & P. R. 2020). To ensure that this does not happen, Lewis Cower states that specific procedures should be followed. The process to curb incompatibility includes people’s education, informing people about the dangers of being involved in acts that are against the law.

Ralph Dandrendorf, on the other hand, argues that conflict is in four stages, latent stage, perceived stage, felt stage, and manifest stage. These stages are the process by which Ralph said that it would follow. The latent stage is a stage where a person or a group has differences that bother one another (Umanailo et al. 2019). The perceived stage is where one thinks the other group is going frustrate the other group’s goals. The felt stage is a process by which people are informed, and they are now supporting the common goal. The manifest stage is a stage by which people show the interest of supporting one common goal.

These theories differ from the previous theories because they point out clearly how people conduct themselves and how they are expected to live with each other. The stages put forward by Ralph shows how people move from an absolute misunderstanding to the stage at which the people will come in a way that will help them find a solution to their conflicts. Previously, the theories indicated that the conflict was because of the resources and power (Marx Karl). Still, it has been noticed that conflict was caused by many and various issues, including politics and how a person personally believes that he/she is more right than the accomplices.


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Umanailo, M., Basrun, C., Pratiwi, R. D., & Indah, F. P. S. (2019). Negative Impact of Industry on Sociology Using Ralph Dahrendorf’s Conflict Theory. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (pp. 673-76).

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