Reading: “Summary of The Functions of Social Conflict”
Choose one of the following prompts and, considering what you have learned from your text and/or other relevant course materials, respond to it in at least one full paragraph. Please also respond to at least two other students’ Responses.

Do you agree with Coser that the presence conflict is actually a sign of a society’s good health? Why or why not?
Given that all “selves” result from social interaction, why do you think some societies’ members think of themselves primarily as individuals?
“Conflict theory” derives from the critical work of Karl Marx on economic inequality under capitalism; Coser’s analysis comes from structural-functionalism. How might social conflict be understood using symbolic interactionism? Come up with and discuss an application of this theory to the question of conflict.

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