Saturday, June 1, 2019

How Does Conflict Theory Explain Inequality?

All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain. Originally posted to Quora.

According to conflict theory, groups emerge as a way of establishing dominance. Every group is naturally in a state of war with every other group, and as such the actions of any group at any time can be understood as an attempt to win.

Conflict theory explains why groups that appear to be established “for the benefit of victim groups” perpetuate victim narratives. The presence of “designated victim groups” directly enables these “helper groups” to exist and occupy a controlling position with respect to them.