What is Conflict perspective in sociology

The conflcit perspective is most directly based upon the work of Karl Marx although there are many scholars who have contributed in developing this perspective.Marx saw class conflict and class exploitation as the prime moving forces in history.This view was revived by C Wright Mills,Lewis Coser,Raymond Aron,Dahrendorf and others.They see society to be in a continuous state of conflict between groups and classes.They see the struggle for power and income as a continuous process but one in which many categories of people appear as opponents-classes,races,nationalities and even the sexes. They see a society as held together through the power of dominant groups or classes.They claim that the shared values which functionalists see as the glue holding society together donot really form a true consensus instead this is an artificial consensus in which the dominant groups or classes impose their values and rules upon the rest of the people.