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The perspective I have chosen is the social-conflict theory The social-conflict paradigm is a framework for building theory that envisions society as an arena of inequality generating conflict and social change This type of analysis focuses on the inequalities within our society and the conflict that they cause between the advantaged and the disadvantaged The first characteristic is inequality This refers to the unequal distribution of money gender class and age People who embrace the social-conflict perspective believe that gender race and class should not lead to favored treatment An example of this would be single mothers who are living below the poverty line This group of people is likely to remain at least as large as it is now at the present time andor become larger in the coming decade Many of these women do not have marketable job skills and few means to attain them due to their lack of finances The second characteristic is social class conflict Social class is often defined as the amount of education income and status people have As we know attaining education is one of the most effective avenues for ensuring employment and an increase in income which adds up to higher status or social class Single mothers most often do not have the income in order to pursue higher education This renders them the title or designation of being one of the lower class groups in our society If this remains to be status quo then there is little hope for these single mothers living below the poverty line The third characteristic is social change The inequalities and conflict of social class is leading towards a social change The federal and provincial governments have implemented different types of financial assistance for single mothers living below the poverty line The government has made it easier for these women to apply for student loans so that they may
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