It is a power struggle which is most often won by wealthy elite and lost by the common person of common means.
Power is the ability to get what one wants even in the presence of opposition.
In many cases, any of the four main theories can be applied at either the macro or micro levels.
Authority is the institutionalized legitimate power. By far the Bourgeoisie wealthy elite (royalty, political, and corporate leaders) have the most power.
Bourgeoisie are the "Goliaths" in society who often bully their wishes into outcomes.
These were simply put, that all elderly people realize the inevitability of death and begin to systematically disengage from their previous youthful roles while at the same time society prepares to disengage from them (see Maddox et al. Findings and generalization consistently yielded a "no" in terms of support for this theory.
For all intents and purposes this theory was abandoned and is only used in references such as these (for a more scientifically supported theory on aging Google "Activity Theory and/or Continuity Theory").When theories are used at this level they are referred to as Macro Theories.Macro theories are theories which best fit the study of massive numbers of people (typically Conflict and Functional theories).Once the study is administered the findings and generalizations can be considered to see if they support the theory.If they do, similar studies will be performed to repeat and fine-tune the process.The Proletariat are the common working class, lower class, and poor members of society.