Table of contents for Exploring social change : America and the world / Charles L. Harper, Kevin T. Leicht.

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Preface 
Chapter 1 By Way of Introduction 
What Is Social Change? 
Sociology and Social Change 
What You Can Expect from This Book and How It Is Organized 
PART ONE
EXPLAINING CHANGE
Chapter 2 The Causes and Patterns of Change 
Theory in Sociology 
The Causes of Change 
Materialistic Perspectives
Idealistic Perspectives
Patterns of Change
In Conclusion
Thinking Personally about Social Change
Chapter 3 Social Theory and Social Change 
Functionalist Theory 
Conflict Theory 
Interpretive Theory
Multiple Perspectives and Change: Reconciling Agency and Structure
In Conclusion: Large-Scale Change and Human Agency
Thinking Personally about Social Change
PART TWO
SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES
Chapter 4 American Social Trends 
Structural Trends 
Changing Cultural Themes 
Countertrends and Reactions: Anti- and Postmodernism 
In Conclusion 
Thinking Personally about Social Change
Chapter 5 Change and the Settings of Everyday Life: Population, Families, and Work 
Demographic Change 
Changing Families
Transforming Work
In Conclusion 
Thinking Personally about Social Change
Chapter 6 Economics, Politics, and the American Prospect 46
The Changing Economy 
Change in the Political System 
Change, Problems, and the American Prospect
In Conclusion
Thinking Personally about Social Change
PART THREE
PROCESSES OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Chapter 7 Social Movements
What Are Social Movements?
Types of Social Movements
Explaining the Origins of Social Movements
In Conclusion 
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
Chapter 8 American Reform Movements and Social Change 
The Social Context of Twentieth-Century American Reform Movements 
Social Class and Reform Movements at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Social Status and Reform Movements at Mid-Twentieth Century
In Conclusion: What Kinds of Change Do Reform Movements Accomplish? 
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
Chapter 9 Revolutions 
What Is a Social Revolution?
Theories of Revolution 
The Outcomes of Revolution
Successful and Failed Revolution in the Contemporary Context
A World Revolution: The Collapse of the Communist System 
But Was It a Revolution? 
In Conclusion: The Inevitability of Revolutionary Surprise
Thinking Personally about Social Change
Chapter 10 Technology, Innovation, and Networks
Innovation as a Change Process
The Act of Innovation 
Sources of Innovation: Social and Cultural
Diffusion: How Innovations Spread 
Adoption of Innovation: Social Systems and Individuals
Institutional Change and the Spread of Innovations 
Social Networks 
In Conclusion: Back at the Information Technology Revolution 
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
Chapter 11 Creating Change 
Creating Change in Omaha: Muddling Through and Planning
Basic Change Strategies 
The Role of Violence in Creating Change 
Mixed and Complex Strategies 
Being a Change Agent 
The Ethics of Inducing Change 
In Conclusion: Some Final Thoughts about the Feasibility of Creating Change 
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
PART FOUR
GLOBAL CHANGE
Chapter 12 The Emerging Global System: Development and Globalization
Two Worlds 
What Is Development? 
Uneven Development 
Developmentalist Thinking: Perspectives and Dimensions 
Explaining Failed Development 
Dependency and World Systems Theory 
Structure and Dynamics of the World System 
Globalization 
In Conclusion: Development, Globalization, and Human Progress 
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
Chapter 13 Society, Environment, and Change
Ecological Perspectives on Change and Problems
Aspects of Ecological Change and Problems
Human Impacts and Global Environmental Change 
In Conclusion: Societies, Environment, and Global Stability
Thinking Personally about Social Change 
Chapter 14 World Futures 
New World Order or New World Chaos? 
Looking at the Next Fifty Years 
Prophetic Visions: Some Longer Views 
In Conclusion: The Third Revolution 
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Epilogue: Living in a Rapidly Changing World 
References 
Author Index 
Subject Index

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Social change.
Social change -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-.