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Social change with respect to culture and original nature

Author: William F Ogburn
Publisher: Gloucester, Mass., P. Smith, 1964 [i.e. 1965, ©1950]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New 1950 ed. with supplementary chapterView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William F Ogburn
OCLC Number: 630431
Description: viii, 393 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I: The social heritage and the original nature of man --
Social heritage --
The original nature of man --
The confusion of culture and the psychological nature of man --
Differentiation of cultural and psychological factors --
The overemphasis of the biological factor --
Some sociological concepts reexamined --
Part II: Social evolution --
Conceptions of social evolution --
The biological factor and the cultural factor in social change --
Early records of cultural development --
The cumulative nature of material culture and its diversification --
Inventions, mental ability, and culture --
A list of some inventions and discoveries made independently by two or more persons --
The rate of cultural growth --
Biological change in man --
The correlation of cultural and biological change --
Part III: Cultural inertia and conservatism --
Various conceptions of the persistence of culture --
Survivals --
The utility of culture --
Difficulties of invention and of diffusion --
Vested interests --
The power of tradition --
Habit --
Social pressure --
Forgetting the unpleasant --
Psychological traits and conservatism --
Part IV: Social maladjustments --
The hypothesis of cultural lag --
Verification by the facts of workmen's compensation for accidents --
Illustrations: taxation, family, international relations, trade unions, representative government, pueblo dwellers --
Reasons for cultural lag --
Correlation between parts of culture --
Material culture as a source of modern social changes --
Part V: Adjustment between human nature and culture --
The theory of the cave man in the modern city --
Evidence of lack of adjustment: nervousness and insanity --
Evidence of lack of adjustment: social problems --
Changing human nature versus controlling social evolution --
Suggestions for better adjustments --
Part VI: Social evolution, reconsidered.
Responsibility: by William Fielding Ogburn.

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