Conflict Theory

Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology

Theory of politics as moderated antagonism.

Politics is best seen as competition or conflict over resources, power, or prestige.

The term covers a wide range of theories, amongst which, appropriately, there is no agreement, but of which Marxism is the most familiar.

Also see: dialectical materialism

Source:
Alan Bullock, Oliver Stallybrass, and Stephen Trombley, eds, The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, 2nd edn (London, 1988)

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