Conflicts in social movements often arise due to the dominant group’s activism. Usually the marginalized minority group and the dominant majority group are never on the same page or understanding concerning several issues. This is because, most of the time, these two groups are affected by unique issues. The social issues affecting marginalized groups often differ from the critical issue affecting the dominant group. As a result, the two groups involved in social movements result in differences in opinions which form the center of the differences and the conflicts when the two are engaged in the same social movement group. Social movement groups, in most cases, have these two groups. However, the difference in the needs between the two groups and other issues results in conflict within the social movements. This essay examines some causes of social conflicts due to the dominant majority groups’ involvement in marginalized minority groups.
Social movements are generally formed with the motive of championing a given group’s issue. The dominant majority groups and the marginalized minority groups usually have differences in opinions. This is caused by the difference in the issues affecting them. For this reason, when marginalized minority groups and the dominant majority groups are within the same social movements, a conflict of opinions will likely arise. This conflict is caused by the differences in the needs of the two groups in the social movements group. For instance, if the dominant majority group in a social movement’s aggrievance is about the cost of living, the marginalized minority group could have a different opinion. This can result in conflict because the two groups have different views of the issue being championed. Besides, social movement conflicts due to the involvement of these two groups also developed due to the fear that comes from each side. One side does feel like the other group is responsible for a particular problem in a given way. The need to have a full understanding of one another cause this conflict between the two groups.
The involvement of the dominant majority groups in a social movement with the marginalized minority groups also results in conflict due to the lack of understanding and compromises. In most cases, marginalized minority groups often appear less compromising. This is because they do believe that the challenges that are witnessed by them are caused by the dominant majority groups. This aspect of the groups typically develops a specific form of hatred between members of these two groups and is the major cause of conflict. The two groups involvement in the same social movement causes a conflict that stems from the fact that one group doe not appreciate the role or the need of the other. For instance, a conflict can develop in the social movement group when the dominant majority group stands for a certain thing that is not appreciated by the marginalized minority group. I
Conflict between the dominant majority and the marginalized minority groups often occurs as a result of the representation. Normally the two groups do have a challenge of agreeing on the mode of representation by either of the groups on the social movements. As a result, one group, especially the marginalized minority group, develops the feeling that they are not fully represented and that their opinions or view in the social movement do not count. Most of these conflict in the social movements is based on the view that the dominant majority groups are dominant and is likely to inform every decision in the social movements. This develops the conflict from the feeling by the minority groups that they are not felt and that they cannot influence the direction taken by the social movements. The lack of a complete agreement on the course of the social movements as a result of the dominance of the majority group result in a conflict between the two groups in a social movement.
Social movements are normally in constant conflict, especially when two groups are involved in them. The major reason for the conflict is a lack of understanding and compromises, differing opinions, and the dominance by one group, often the dominant group, on the issues of the social movements. This results in a situation where one group doe not feel appreciated or feel betrayed by the other groups. Most of the social movements that consist of these two groups usually especially a conflict of differing views as a result of these three major reasons. The lack of a better means of understanding within the social movements is caused by the existence or involvement of the two in the same social groups. However, with better conflict resolution, a good understanding is normally arrived at.
Experience Sociology Fourth Edition By David Croteau & Williams Hoynes