The traditional therapeutic approach is difficult to use with involuntary clients because it assumes that clients want help and are willing to become involved in a relationship with the worker. The social conflict perspective described in this article, which assumes a conflict of interest between these clients and their social environment, is more congruent with clients' perceptions of reality.
For other kinds of conflict see conflict (disambiguation)
To sum up, I have attempted to analyze the phenomenon of police brutality by integrating the Social Conflict perspective, Symbolic Interactionism, and the Control Balance Theory. Discussing the basic logic, the presumptions, important ramifications, and shortcomings thereof, I have dovetailed these theories to offer a broader and modified theoretical framework which explains police violence. The main concern of the paper was to explain why there are only few “bad-apple” officers who are responsible for such ruthless acts, and why they tend to use excessive force against only certain types of citizens given the political context of the society.
Social conflict is the struggle for agency or power in society
Brent-Palmer, Cora (1979) 'A sociolinguistic assessment of the notion of "Im/migrant semilingualism" from a social conflict perspective', Working Papers in Bilingualism 18, 135-180.
Marx, an advocate of revolution, inspired modern conflict theory.