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Which theory believes that people in society battle over scarce resources like money, power, and prestige?

This question is part of Chapter 1 An Introduction to Sociology: Quick Quiz
Asked by Sociology, Last updated: Sep 24, 2020

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Mike John

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Mike John
Mike John, Content Explorer, MCA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Answered Sep 16, 2020

This would be the concept known as conflict. Conflict actually happens over more than just scarce resources (money, resources, etc.). Conflict can happen when someone doesn’t agree with someone else’s decision - such as World War II between capitalism and communism (a very watered down version of the story for simplicity’s sake). This is only one kind of conflict; conflicts have also arisen over religions, borders, and even technology and trade.

This is also a good motivator for what goes on in books and movies. Conflicts are the driving force of action and motivation; if you need food, you will do almost anything to get it once you’re past a certain point. It applies to so many more things, too, but there’s no time to go over those things now.

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Denton Perez

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Denton Perez, Professor, High School, Utah

Answered Sep 08, 2020

The sociology theory that describes people in the society that battle over scares resources such as money, power, and prestige is referred to as CONFLICT. It is often referred to as a clash between two or more opposing groups or individuals over a scarce resource or resources.

Option A is incorrect because structural functionalism is a theory that refers to how a society functions as a complex system where each work together to achieve stability.

Option C is also incorrect; symbolic interaction is another sociology theory that focuses on the interaction of individuals within the society. This can be facilitated by words, symbols, and gestures.

Feminism is a social theory or a political movement that argues that legal and social restrictions on women must be removed in order to bring about equality of the sexes in all aspects of public and private life.

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N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley
N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Oct 04, 2018

Conflict is the answer to this question. There are times when people become critical of the way that they live. They sometimes want to compare themselves to other people especially when they believe that other people have what they do not have. This is somewhat materialist but at the same time, it also shows people need in order to have power and prestige, other people.

If they feel that they are not experiencing this, they have two options. The first is to just accept their situation. The second is to strive in order to achieve the scarce resources that they are desperate to get. People may scrutinize their situations more.

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John Adney

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Answered Feb 16, 2017

Structural functionalism
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John Smith

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Answered Dec 17, 2016

Conflict
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