How does conflict theory differ from functionalism?
Conflict theory views society as groups that are constantly competing against each other for the limited resources. These groups are struggling for power and generally trying to survive. On the other hand, functionalism suggests that society exists harmoniously due to various parts working together. Each part of society has its function, and the functions correlate with other functions. The main difference between these two theoretical perspectives is that conflict theory views society as a conflicting entity while functionalism views society as a cooperating entity.