Syria’s crisis is characterized by a middle class that has realized its rights as a people and the role that government is supposed to be playing as their benefactor and protector. This is in support of Collins’ postulating that, “potential interests become effective to the degree that they are mobilized, relative to the mobilization of opposing interests”. This is in accordance with what happened in Syria, with the government standing its ground, and the opposition forwarding the same stance. "Every resource produces a potential conflict, between those who have it and those who have not”. The apparent oppression by the ruling elite in Syria in terms of economic and social status is an example of interests that spurred the conflict.
Erving Goffman is a sociologist who is an ardent supporter of the symbolistic interactionism that advances the postulate that people give meaning to entities depending on the meaning accrued by the entities themselves. Subjective meanings are given priority because people act in accordance to their beliefs even if it not objectively true. This is in the sense that Syrians’ perspective of their political leadership changed over time with respect to their leaders. The gradual partitioning of society into the high, middle and low class is not new aspect in society, but the difference becomes significant when these compete for resources. A majority of Syrians changed their political leadership changed for the worse, thus the witnessed conflict of interests and civil war.