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Contents 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 Thinking Personally about Social Change 343 Epilogue: Living in a Rapidly Changing World References Author Index Subject Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Social change -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-.