SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Abayomi Balogun
January 3, 2013
My most influential theorist Karl Marx
Karl Marx was a great social theorist who believed that the conflict theory would help change the way society grows. I picked him because I believe in his theories and perspectives which I will explain in this paper and how my personal views are a like in some ways. Karl Marx was a social theorist from the twentieth century, and he alleges that cause and effect are one of the most social actions that motivate us. He believed that research would help with the explanation of social phenomenon, and so could the non-empirical methods. He also believed that “society could be studied through the meaning and purpose that people attach to actions” (Vissing, 2011, p. 1.3) Karl Marx, in 1818-1883, developed the conflict theory and “argued that it is tension and conflict that motivate us to think and act differently” (Vissing, 2011, p. 1.3). Karl Marx. He also believed that the conflict theory was the institutions and interactions were “within society foster inequality and competition” (Vissing, 2011, p. 1.3) that challenge the benefits of social change. Marx also when on to say that society functions wasn’t enough when it came to understanding social functions: “it was important to use our scientific knowledge to create social change” (Vissing, 2011, p. 1.3). According to Marx, society was run with only a handful of elite people, called bourgeoisie, which had access to prestige, wealth, and even power within society. He also believed that the working people, the ones how worked for the so called elites (called the proletariats), where the majority of the working society. (Vissing, 2011, p. 1.3) These people were not very important and could be easily fired or replaced since there was always somebody else that needed a job. The proletariats would feel...