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Realistic Conflict Theory

Realistic Conflict Theory

Author: Craig Coletta

At the end of this tutorial, the learner will understand Realistic Conflict Theory as one way of modeling and describing conflict

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Terms to Know
Limited Resource

A physical or other resource existing in limited quantities that must be divided between users.

Realistic Conflict Theory

A theory of conflict that explains conflict as a result of competing goals and competition for limited resources.

Superordinate Goal

A mutual goal seen by two parties as more important to achieve jointly than meeting either of their individual goals.


An assumption that for one party to gain, the other must lose, yielding a net gain of zero.