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Exploring social change : America and the world

Author: Charles L Harper; Kevin T Leicht
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Sixth editionView all editions and formats
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For one semester junior/senior and beginning-level graduate courses in Social Change. An introduction to social change that highlights theories on key topics including social change, innovation, social movements, and revolutions. Exploring Social Change: America and the World 6e is a comprehensive introduction to social change. The last part of the book shifts explicitly to the global level to analyze population and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Harper, Charles L.
Exploring social change.
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
(DLC) 2010037229
(OCoLC)660088190
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles L Harper; Kevin T Leicht
ISBN: 9781317348412 1317348419
OCLC Number: 918841370
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Table of 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""; ""Thinking Personally about Social Change""; ""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""; ""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 to Modernity: Antimodernism and Postmodernism""; ""In Conclusion""; ""Thinking Personally about Social Change"" ""Chapter 5 Change in the Settings of Everyday Life: Populations, Families, and Work""""Demographic Change""; ""Changing Families""; ""Transforming Work""; ""In Conclusion""; ""Thinking Personally about Social Change""; ""Chapter 6 Economics, Politics, and the American Prospect""; ""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 in Mid-Twentieth Century""; ""In Conclusion: What Kinds of Changes Do Reform Movements Produce?""; ""Thinking Personally about Social Change""; ""Chapter 9 Revolutions""; ""What Is a Social Revolution?""; ""Theories of Revolution"" ""The Outcomes of Revolution""""Successful and Failed Revolutions 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""
Responsibility: Charles L. Harper, Kevin T. Leicht.

Abstract:

For one semester junior/senior and beginning-level graduate courses in Social Change. An introduction to social change that highlights theories on key topics including social change, innovation, social movements, and revolutions. Exploring Social Change: America and the World 6e is a comprehensive introduction to social change. 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.

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