What are the key aspects of Conflict theory by Karl Marx?
Conflict theory is a theory propounded by Karl Marx. It describes the inequalities that exist in all societies globally and considers aspects of society as ways for those with power and status to maintain control over scarce resources. It holds that social order is maintained by domination and power, rather than consensus and conformity. According to this theory, those with wealth and power also calls bourgeoisie to try to hold on to it by any means, chiefly by suppressing the poor and powerless or the proletariat. The theory argues that the nuclear family performs ideological functions for capitalism. The family acts as a unit of consumption and teaches passive acceptance of hierarchy. The inheritance, education and social capital are transmitted through the family structure, wealthy families can keep their privileged social position for their members, while individuals from low-income families are denied similar status. According to this theory, the family can be a source of conflict for its own members. This can lead to more serious issues like domestic violence. The role of money in a family may also create conflict between spouse. The spouse that earns the most money often is the head authority of the family, which is often the head male of the family. For the conflict theory, Michael never has any chance. The capitalist system has a structure where he lived, the types of education he had and the types of help he received. He grows up in a nuclear family and in care where he was taught to obey. He was teaching that hierarchy and inequality are inevitable which makes him less likely to question his position as an exploited.