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Conflict and Functionalist Perspective of Prostitution

Conflict theory is a Marxist-based theory that views individuals and groups in society as having unequal amounts of resources (both material and nonmaterial). Because of this inequity, those who are on the bottom end of society will ultimately cause a rebellion.

Functionalists, on the other hand, look at the relationship between the parts of society; how each part works and interacts with other parts. Each aspect of society is interdependent.

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Conflict theory is a Marxist-based theory that views individuals and groups in society as having unequal amounts of resources (both material and nonmaterial). Because of this inequity, those who are on the bottom end of society will ultimately cause a rebellion. Marx called this the war between the bourgeiose and the proletariat. The conflict between those who have and those who have-not creates change in society.

In the case of prostitution, conflict theorists would explain that the women who choose to be prostitutes have very little resources. A basic goal of individuals in society is to have control over their lives. One aspect of that control is through having enough money to care for yourself. Marx ...

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