Exploring Social Change: America and the World / Edition 3

Exploring Social Change: America and the World / Edition 3

by Charles L. Harper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0133086852

ISBN-13: 9780133086850

Pub. Date: 08/08/1997

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

Ideal for those new to the subject, this compact introduction to social change explores the "big" issues, but in a way that engages the life experiences of individuals (the "micro-macro" connection). Unlike most books on the subject, it shows the connection between many issues, using current data and a balanced discussion of major perspectives, theories,

Overview

Ideal for those new to the subject, this compact introduction to social change explores the "big" issues, but in a way that engages the life experiences of individuals (the "micro-macro" connection). Unlike most books on the subject, it shows the connection between many issues, using current data and a balanced discussion of major perspectives, theories, and models. Begins with an introduction to sociology and the concept of social change; then explores recent changes and trends in contemporary American society; discusses concepts, theories, and models of change with reference to social movements, revolutions, innovation, and the role of change agents as producers of social change; and concludes with a discussion of world-scale trends and change processes in the modern world, with reference to development, globalization, environmental issues, and prospects for the future. For those involved in marketing, policy development, etc.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133086850
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
08/08/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to Instructors viii(1)
Preface ix
Chapter 1 -- By Way of Introduction
1(11)
What Is Social Change?
4(4)
Sociology and Social Change
8(1)
What You Can Expect from This Book and How It Is Organized
9(3)
Part One -- Social Change in the United States 12(50)
Chapter 2 -- American Social Trends
12(12)
Structural Trends
13(3)
Changing Cultural Themes
16(4)
Countertrends and Reactions: Anti-and Postmodernism
20(2)
In Conclusion
22(2)
Chapter 3 -- Change and the Settings of Everyday Life: Population, Families, and Work
24(18)
Demographic Change
24(4)
Changing Families
28(6)
Transforming Work
34(5)
In Conclusion
39(3)
Chapter 4 -- Economics, Politics, and the American Prospect
42(20)
The Changing Economy
42(5)
Change in the Political System
47(7)
Change, Problems, and the American Prospect
54(3)
Conclusion
57(5)
Part Two -- Explaining Change 62(51)
Chapter 5 -- The Causes and Patterns of Change
62(26)
The Causes of Change
63(1)
Materialistic Perspectives
64(2)
Idealistic Perspectives
66(5)
Patterns of Change
71(14)
Summary: Causes and Patterns of Change
85(3)
Chapter 6 -- Sociological Theory and Change
88(25)
Functionalist Theory
89(5)
Conflict Theory
94(7)
Interpretive Theory
101(7)
Multiple Perspectives and Change: Reconciling Agency and Structure
108(2)
In Conclusion: Large-scale Change and Human Agency
110(3)
Part Three -- Processes of Social Change 113(117)
Chapter 7 -- Social Movements
113(21)
What Are Social Movements?
114(1)
Types of Social Movements
115(2)
Explaining the Origins of Social Movements
117(15)
Conclusion
132(2)
Chapter 8 -- American Reform Movements and Social Change
134(24)
The Social Context of Twentieth Century American Reform Movements
134(1)
Social Class and Reform Movements at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
135(8)
Social Status and Reform Movements at Mid Twentieth Century
143(11)
Conclusion: What Kinds of Change Do Reform Movements Accomplish?
154(4)
Chapter 9 -- Revolutions
158(26)
What Is a Revolution?
158(1)
Theories of Revolution
159(9)
The Outcomes of Revolution
168(1)
A World Revolution: The Collapse of the Communist System
169(12)
Conclusion: But Was it a Revolution?
181(3)
Chapter 10 -- Technology, Innovation, and Networks
184(22)
Innovation as a Change Process
184(2)
The Act of Innovation
186(1)
Sources of Innovation: Social and Cultural
187(5)
Diffusion: How Innovations Spread
192(4)
Adoption of Innovation: Social Systems and Individuals
196(2)
Social Networks
198(4)
Back at the Information Technology Revolution
202(4)
Chapter 11 -- Creating Change
206(24)
Change in Omaha: Muddling Through and Planning
207(5)
Basic Change Strategies
212(3)
The Role of Violence in Creating Change
215(2)
Mixed and Complex Strategies
217(4)
Being a Change Agent
221(2)
The Ethics of Inducing Change
223(2)
Some Final Thoughts about the Feasibility of Creating Change
225(5)
Part Four -- Global Change 230(73)
Chapter 12 -- The Emerging World System: Development and Globalization
230(27)
Two Worlds
230(2)
What Is Development?
232(1)
Uneven Development
233(5)
"Developmentalist" Thinking: Perspectives and Dimensions
238(4)
Explaining Failed Development
242(2)
Dependency and World Systems Theory
244(1)
Structure and Dynamics of the World System
245(6)
Globalization
251(3)
Development, Globalization, and Human Progress
254(3)
Chapter 13 -- Society, Environment, and Change
257(22)
Ecological Perspectives on Change and Problems
257(2)
Dimensions of Ecological Change
259(9)
Human Impacts and Global Environmental Change
268(6)
Conclusion: Societies, Environment, and Global Stability
274(5)
Chapter 14 -- World Futures
279(24)
New World Order or New World Chaos?
280(1)
Looking at the Next 50 Years
281(9)
Prophetic Visions: Some Longer Views
290(8)
In Conclusion: The "Third Revolution"
298(5)
Epilogue: Living in a Rapidly Changing World 303(4)
References 307(27)
Author Index 334(4)
Subject Index 338

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