Definitions for "Conflict theory"
Generally focuses on large, macrolevel structures, such as the relations among classes. It shows how major patterns of inequality in society produce social stability in some circumstances and social change in others. It stresses how members of privileged groups try to maintain their advantages while subordinate groups struggle to acquire theirs. And it typically leads to the suggestion that eliminating privilege will lower the level of conflict and increase the sum total of human welfare.
societies are best characteristics by conflict between different groups within a society
Criminological theories based on assumptions that the sources of criminal behavior are class conflict and social inequality; based on the writings of Marx.