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class conflict

  1. any political struggle between social classes on the basis of different CLASS INTERESTS.
  2. an underlying conflict of interests between classes, whether or not this involves active political conflict.
Theories which use this concept operate within an adversarial view of classes, i.e. they typically consider that conflicts between classes are inevitable. Conflict exists over the distribution of power and wealth, and over issues like equality of opportunity housing, education, working conditions and other sociopolitical matters. It is usually recognized, however, that such collective conflicts mostly occur without challenging the basis of the class system itself. For example, trade union conflicts over pay and conditions seek a better deal for a group within the existing framework. Social conflicts do not usually involve the mobilization of entire classes. Thus it is useful to distinguish between conflict within a system and conflict about it.

One of the founders of the conflict approach, MARX, foresaw an inevitable sharpening and radicalization of conflict, culminating in a revolutionary crisis. In practice, levels of conflict have very rarely been so threatening, and, in recent times, where a fundamental crisis has developed it has not been on the basis of one class in opposition to another, but has involved alliances and coalitions of different class groupings (e.g. students and workers in France in 1968, and similarly located groups in Eastern Europe in 1989 and 1990), and on varying bases (e.g. ‘authority relations’, ‘exclusion’ or ‘inclusion’), as well as ownership and non-ownership of capital.

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Despite these differences, the approach of the dominant order of power whether one calls it the ruling elite, or by its precise institutional edifice, the military and its junior partners to ethnic and class conflict in particular has followed the same pattern: coercion, blowback, escalation, and suppression.
In a brilliant departure from past historiography and contemporary narratives about the frontier, the author argues that class conflict in the south was never a simple clash between Indians and European immigrant landowners.
But what Bernie Sanders articulates frankly is that that the politics of taxation is inherently a politics of class conflict that has largely been dominated by the wealthy since the 1970s.
One feature of the book that the reader cannot fail to notice is the author's obsession with the idea of class conflict. He constantly harps on the theme that there was a sharp clash of interests between what he calls the 'masses' and the 'middle class.' For one thing, he gives the reader the impression that the Katipunan revolt was exclusively 'the revolt of the masses'; that the 'middle class' were interested mainly in the things that would redound to their material welfare; that not only were they unsympathetic with the needs and aspirations of the 'masses' but they 'betrayed' the cause of the Katipunan as well.
What if we were to abandon Athenian and Roman models of managing class conflict, in favour of a promised land in which virtually everyone was middle class?
I understand that Jesus came to earth to preach the kingdom of God, not to create a class conflict between the rich and poor.
The income inequality language introduces a class conflict element to this discussion.
Class conflict; the pursuit and history of American justice.
While class conflict was key in Mt Isa, White insists that the politics of community were more important in Corner Brook, where paper mill workers negotiated their relationship with the company often informally, without a recognised union until 1937.
This class conflict is manifesting itself almost daily in urban agglomerates.
From the shapeshifting lynxes who both help and undermine Sadie's quest, to the class conflict between blood-drinkers and their pacifist counterparts, there's much to mull over besides which guy she'll choose.
Washington, Jan.12 ( ANI ): Although the Occupy Wall Street movement has receded from the headlines, a majority of Americans have said in a new poll that they see a major class conflict between the rich and poor.