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In the mid-1960s, with the bulk of western culture under fire for the social strain of that decade, social thinkers were searching for candidate theories to replace the functionalist perspective.

Where Structural Functionalism describes a teleological (i.e., explains the past & present in terms of the future) utopia in steady state equilibrium, Conflict theory describes a social structure prone to constant erosion and change.

Police said he knocked her down on the floor, grabbed the pizza bag and demanded all of the money. The suspect then told the driver to go upstairs and wait in the bedroom.

He reportedly told the woman that if she made any noise or refused to follow his orders, he would rape and kill her.

Conflict is normal, even inevitable, in every social relationship.