Applying Ralf Dahrendorf's Conflict Theory to Pusuit of Happiness

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Conflict theory is a perspective that emphasizes the social, political, or material inequality of a particular social group. Conflict theory attempts to highlight the ideological aspects inherent in traditional thought, and while these different perspectives hold parallels, conflict theory does not have a unified school of thought on these theories. Conflict theorists see where groups fight for power, and the control of conflict means that one group is able, at least temporarily; to suppress the opposition therefore the emphasis is the shifting balance of power among competing groups.
`Within the general conflict direction there are three essential assumptions. The first is that individuals within a society have several basic interests
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In the movie Pursuit of Happyness, we can see Dahrendorf’s theory of society at work in power, norms, and social stratification.
In Dahrendorf’s theory of society, power is a fundamental principal of social structure. Dahrendorf’s definition of power resembled Weber’s, “the probability that one actor within a social relationship will be in a position to carry out his own will despite resistance, regardless of the basis on which this probability rests” (Wallace and Wolfe 2008:122). This definition of power is observed when Chris pursues a job on Wall Street in spite of all the barriers that are standing in his way. Without much money and a wife that has left him, he is totally committed to taking care of his son Christopher while pursuing a better life. Chris sees the chance to fight for a stockbroker internship position at Dean Witter, contending for one career in the end of six months training period without any salary and competing against twenty other candidates. He is at a great disadvantage as a powerless black man that is not only poor but also a single father trying to make ends meet. When he finally goes to the interview to vie for the position of the internship he discovers that there is no pay for six months. He is conflicted on what to do, knowing that this is a chance of a lifetime to pursue his dream of happiness. When he meets up with one of the executives while

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