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HDF 211-Theories Guided Notes 1/18/17
Theory- set of general principles
There is not oe orret theory
Often use multiple theories to explain
Conflict Theory
o Assumptions
The nature of humans is that they are self-orientated
o Desire not to be dominated by others
In families looking at conflict over:
Money
How to use time
Parenting
In-laws
Substance abuse
Jobs
Chores
Affection
o Conflict is/has: natural and normative (can be dysfunctional);
positive aspects designed to revolve differences
o Conflict is a confrontation over control of scarce resources
Internal to the social system
External to the social system
o Power= ability to control
o Sources of Power
Legitimacy- eause I a your other
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Monetary- As log as you lie i this house
Physical coercion- If you do’t do as I tell you, you ill get a
spakig
Love- if you really loed e, you’d do hat I ask
Principle of least interest:
Less interest=more power (e.g. sex)
o Symbolic Interaction
People will define and interpret objects and events in their
environment
No notions as to how they do this or how people make their
decisions
Look at the interactions that make up a relationship
Part of behavior is meaning
People react to something according to the meaning of that
thing to them
Once individuals develop a sense of self, this will provide
motivation for future behavior
People learn the rules and values of society through everyday
interaction within that culture
o Symbols
Products of interactions meaning is goven by the way we see
others using them (i.e age, appearance, values, etc.)
Context driven interaction (i.e. baseball players slapping each
others butt) same symbol means something different based on
context
Social behavior in which some degree of communication is used
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