Definition of Class Conflict
(noun) According to Karl Marx (1818–1883), the struggle between the capitalist class (bourgeoisie) and the working class (proletariat).
Example of Class Conflict
- The struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat; the former regarding their maintenance of power and the status quo, the latter regarding pay, work conditions, and job security.
Class Conflict Pronunciation
Syllabification: class con·flict
- American English – /klAs kAHn-flikt/
- British English – /klAHs kOn-flikt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /klæs ˈkɑnflɪkt/
- British English – /klɑːs ˈkɒnflɪkt/
- Plural: class conflicts
- Also called class struggle.
- “Conflict perspectives argue that society is a continuous power struggle among competing groups, often based on class, race, ethnicity, or gender” (Kendall 2006:37).
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 1, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/class-conflict/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
class conflict. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/class-conflict/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 1, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/class-conflict/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“class conflict.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/class-conflict/>.