Industrializing America

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Overview

An analysis of any part of the social system must be firmly rooted in a framework that outlines the whole system and the interrelationships of the various parts. Building on classical social theory, this volume proposes an original and comprehensive systems theory of sociocultural stability and change, which combines fundamental ecological relationships with social structures and culture. Relationships and concepts developed by Marx, Weber, Malthus, Spencer, and Durkheim are explained and synthesized into a coherent perspective, which is used to examine multiple institutions in modern industrial societies.

The author argues that recent changes in the economy, the family, higher education, the political system, cultural ideas, and ideologies are interrelated and rooted in massive changes in population size and industrial processes. By systematically relating the analysis of these sociocultural phenomena to the whole and to one another this volume presents a framework that can serve to organize and integrate many diverse theories, insights, and much empirical information into a comprehensive worldview.

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Taking the risk it will scare students off, Elwell (sociology, Murray State U.) nevertheless begins with a chapter on social theory, and only tries to make it succinct and clear enough to get through. He then uses the theory to analyze industrial systems, particularly the advanced systems of the US. His topics include structures of authority, economic rationalization, the erosion of commitment, and factual regularities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965631
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK W. ELWELL is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at at Rutgers State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Sociocultural Materialism: A Sociological Revision 9
2 Sociocultural Evolution 29
3 Structures of Authority 49
4 Economic Rationalization 69
5 Erosion of Commitment 87
6 Factual Regularities 103
7 Widening Gyre 117
8 New Ideology 137
9 Possibilities 157
References 173
Index 181
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