However, conflict theories were rediscovered after social science became somewhat disenchanted with Parsons.
For example, the legal system underlying the relationship between the owner and tenant can be biased in favor of the owner.
The boys were randomly assigned to one of two groups, although neither was aware of the other’s existence.
They were then, as individual groups, picked up by bus on successive days in the summer of 1954 and transported to a 200 acre Boy Scouts of America camp in the Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma.
During this stage, tensions between the groups were reduced through teamwork-driven tasks that required intergroup cooperation.
As seen in the study when the boys were competing in camp games for valued prizes, Sherif noted that hostile and aggressive attitudes toward an outgroup arise when groups compete for resources that only one group can attain.