What Is Reflected In 'Keeping Up With The Jones The Great Myth'

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1. Which perspective/theory is reflected in the article? The conflict perspective is best reflected in the article “Keeping up with the Jones – The Great Myth” by Ricky L. Jones. The conflict theory states that society is constantly changing due to class conflict and the fight over scare resources in society. There is competition for resources such as power, wealth, prestige and values/beliefs. The demand for the resources exceeds the supply and conflict occurs. The article claims that the American dream of working hard and making it is not true for everyone. The article goes on to point out that the United States has an extremely high level of economic and social inequality. This is reflected in the conflict perspective that sees our society as based on inequality and competition. 2. Do you think “it is true that ‘anybody can make it in America? Explain. I believe that a person can make it in America, but it can be very difficult for some people. If you come from a poorer area, then your chances for making it are much lower than those that come from more affluent areas. Those with more money can afford college…show more content…
The Marx approach focuses on economic factors as the sole reason for conflict in society. He saw society divided into the Bourgeoisie, or the owners of the means of production, and the proletariat, or the workers. Tensions and conflicts occur when the resources, power, and status are unevenly distributed between these two groups, and the conflict can lead to social change. He believed the exploited people would bane together and attempt to bring about changes. The workers would develop a class consciousness and revolt demanding more changes in society, while those with the wealth, power and prestige will continue to try and promote their own interest usually at the expense of the weaker

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