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Exploring Social Change : America and the World

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Edition:
5th
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9780131884984

ISBN10:
0131884980
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div
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Summary

This introduction to social change focuses on theories that explain social change, innovation, social movements, and revolutions. The last part of the book shifts explicitly to the global level to analyze population and environmental issues and globalization. Within this framework, the book discusses topics about change and its problems familiar in sociology and social science.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Chapter 1 By Way of Introduction 1(12)
What Is Social Change?
5(4)
Sociology and Social Change
9(1)
What You Can Expect from This Book and How It Is Organized
10(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
11(2)
PART ONE EXPLAINING CHANGE
Chapter 2 The Causes and Patterns of Change
13(30)
Theory in Sociology
14(1)
The Causes of Change
15(1)
Materialistic Perspectives
16(3)
Idealistic Perspectives
19(5)
Patterns of Change
24(16)
In Conclusion
40(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
41(2)
Chapter 3 Social Theory and Social Change
43(22)
Functionalist Theory
44(6)
Conflict Theory
50(6)
Interpretive Theory
56(5)
Multiple Perspectives and Change: Reconciling Agency and Structure
61(2)
In Conclusion: Large-Scale Change and Human Agency
63(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
63(2)
PART TWO SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES
Chapter 4 American Social Trends
65(17)
Structural Trends
67(4)
Changing Cultural Themes
71(6)
Countertrends and Reactions to Modernity: Antimodernism and Postmodernism
77(2)
In Conclusion
79(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
80(2)
Chapter 5 Change in the Settings of Everyday Life: Populations, Families, and Work
82(22)
Demographic Change
83(5)
Changing Families
88(7)
Transforming Work
95(6)
In Conclusion
101(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
102(2)
Chapter 6 Economics, Politics, and the American Prospect
104(28)
The Changing Economy
105(7)
Change in the Political System
112(9)
Change, Problems, and the American Prospect
121(5)
In Conclusion
126(3)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
129(3)
PART THREE PROCESSES OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Chapter 7 Social Movements
132(26)
What Are Social Movements?
133(2)
Types of Social Movements
135(2)
Explaining the Origins of Social Movements
137(19)
In Conclusion
156(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
156(2)
Chapter 8 American Reform Movements and Social Change
158(28)
The Social Context of Twentieth-Century American Reform Movements
159(1)
Social Class and Reform Movements at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
160(9)
Social Status and Reform Movements at Mid-Twentieth Century
169(13)
In Conclusion: What Kinds of Changes Do Reform Movements Produce?
182(3)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
185(1)
Chapter 9 Revolutions
186(41)
What Is a Social Revolution?
186(1)
Theories of Revolution
187(12)
The Outcomes of Revolution
199(1)
Successful and Failed Revolutions in the Contemporary Context
200(6)
A World Revolution: The Collapse of the Communist System
206(16)
But Was It a Revolution?
222(2)
In Conclusion: The Inevitability of Revolutionary Surprise
224(1)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
225(2)
Chapter 10 Technology, Innovation, and Networks
227(32)
Innovation as a Change Process
228(1)
The Act of Innovation
229(3)
Sources of Innovation: Social and Cultural
232(6)
Diffusion: How Innovations Spread
238(4)
Adoption of Innovation: Social Systems and Individuals
242(2)
Institutional Change and the Spread of Innovations
244(2)
Social Networks
246(9)
In Conclusion: Back at the Information Technology Revolution
255(2)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
257(2)
Chapter 11 Creating Change
259(31)
Creating Change in Omaha: Muddling Through and Planning
262(5)
Basic Change Strategies
267(6)
The Role of Violence in Creating Change
273(4)
Mixed and Complex Strategies
277(5)
Being a Change Agent
282(1)
The Ethics of Inducing Change
283(2)
In Conclusion: Some Final Thoughts about the Feasibility of Creating Change
285(3)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
288(2)
PART FOUR GLOBAL CHANGE
Chapter 12 The Emerging Global System: Development and Globalization
290(34)
Two Worlds
291(2)
What Is Development?
293(1)
Uneven Development
294(4)
Developmentalist Thinking: Perspectives and Dimensions
298(5)
Explaining Failed Development
303(2)
Dependency and World Systems Theory
305(1)
Structure and Dynamics of the World System
306(7)
Globalization
313(7)
In Conclusion: Development, Globalization, and Human Progress
320(2)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
322(2)
Chapter 13 Society, Environment, and Change
324(31)
Ecological Perspectives on Change and Problems
325(2)
Aspects of Ecological Change and Problems
327(11)
Human Impacts and Global Environmental Change
338(12)
In Conclusion: Societies, Environment, and Global Stability
350(3)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
353(2)
Chapter 14 World Futures
355(27)
New World Order or New World Chaos?
357(1)
Looking at the Next Fifty Years
358(11)
Prophetic Visions: Some Longer Views
369(9)
In Conclusion: The Third Revolution
378(2)
Thinking Personally about Social Change
380(2)
Epilogue: Living in a Rapidly Changing World 382(4)
References 386(29)
Author Index 415(3)
Subject Index 418


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