The theoretical works of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber still influence sociological theory. Though their works are decades old they still are a major part of what sociology is today. Though their theories can seem very different, there are some similarities. To become a great sociologist one most learn and understands how to use all sociological perspectives. To do this one must understand and use the different theoretical perspectives created by Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.
Karl Marx theoretical perspective on conflict is by far one the most interesting theories in sociology. Born into a middle class family in Germany, he had a very close relationship with his father. Marx began his studies in law, but switched to philosophy. Hegelian who was a major philosopher at the time had a large influence on Marx theories. Marx rejected many of Hegel’s theory’s, which helped Marx create the concept of conflict theory (Morrison, 2006).
Marx believed that the way to better understand society is by understanding history. He believed that history shows social problems are causes by conf…
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