Ways of Social Change Making Sense of Modern Times

ISBN-10: 1412979870
ISBN-13: 9781412979870
Edition: 2012
Authors: Garth Massey
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Garth Massey is on the Sociology faculty, and is the current Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. He was visiting professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1979-80), the University of Zagreb in Yugoslavia (1986-88), the University of Godollo in Hungary (1993-4), Flinders University in Australia (2002), Hebrew University in Israel (2003) and taught in the UW's London Semester (1998). His international experience is reflected in both his teaching and research interests.Dr. Massey is the author of numerous scholarly articles as well as the editor of Readings for Sociology, 6e, published by W.W. Norton.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Personal Experience of Social Change
A Twentieth-Century Life: Iris Summers
From Farm to Factory
Extending the Reach
Generations of Stability and Change
Decades of Social Movements
The Means to Being Modern
A Woman in a Changing Society
The Changing World of Work
The Personal Challenge of Social Change
Not Every Person's Story: Capturing Social Change in Personal Experience
Defining and Understanding Social Change
A Very Brief History of Human Societies (With Apologies to Mel Brooks)
Before the Last Ice Age
World Population Growth
Urbanization
New Forms of Production and the Development of Capitalism
Dominance of the National State
Iris Summers' Time and Place in Global Context
A More Crowded Continent, a More Crowded World
Do Population Dynamics Drive Social Change?
The More Things Change …
Drivers of Social Change
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Recognizing Social Change
Ways of Recognizing Social Change
Science as a Special Approach to Inquiry
How Is Research Done?
Asking Good Questions
Concepts and Variable Language
From Questions to Hypotheses
Tracing and Untangling Causality
Gathering Information
Sampling and Drawing Inferences
Measures of Central Tendency and Association
Analyzing Information
The Problem of Recall
Drawing Conclusions From Empirical Data
Research Ethics and a Cautionary Tale
Social Policy and Social Change
Generations and Social Change
The Concept of Generations
Generations in the Past Century
Birth Cohorts and Social Change
Cohort, Age, and Period Effects on Social Change
Cohort Effects
Age Effects
Period Effects
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Understanding and Explaining Social Change
The Ubiquity of Change
Individuals, Groups, Social Structure, and Agency
The Enigma of Time
Images of Time
Measuring Time
Social Time
Making Sense of Large-Scale Social Change
Theory as a Narrative
Social History and Social Change
A Way of Understanding or Ways of Understanding?
Society as an Evolving System
Evolutionary Change in Spencer, Veblen, and Sorokin
Society as a Site of Conflict, Power, and the Resolution of Contradictions
Conflict Perspectives of Karl Marx, C. Wright Mills, and Georg Simmel
Understanding Social Change: Two Explanations of a War
The Initial Explanation: Ethnic Hatred
A Better Explanation: Elite Manipulation
Making Sense of Modern Times
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Technology, Science, and Innovation: The Social Consequences of New Knowledge and New Ways to Do Things
The Technology of Literacy
A World Without Writing
Literacy and Power
Literacy and Social Change
Understanding Technology as an Agent of Social Change
From Stirrups to Cities
The Twentieth Century, an Age of Technological Change
A Changing Social Reality
Technology as Device, Activity, and Social Organization
What Is Technology?
Technological Change and Social Change
Instrumental and Technical Rationality
Technology and Science
Pure and Applied Research
State Funding for Science
The Science-Practice-Technology Nexus
Innovation and Social Change
Diffusion of Innovations
Technology and Western "Exceptionalism"
Why the West?
Max Weber on the Morality of Work
Technology and Economic Growth
Technology and Social Change in the Periphery
Imperialism and the Quest for Colonies
Resistance to Technology or Resistance to Change
Utopia, Dystopia, and the Lessons of Dr. Frankenstein
Japan's Return to the Sword
Conservative Peasants
The Technological Fix as Resistance to Change
The Global Spread of Technology
Technology Transfer
The Debate Over Technology Transfer
International Development and Appropriate Technology
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Social Movements: Human Agency and Mobilization for Change
Making Social Change Happen
How Social Movements Matter
Understanding Social Movements as Change Agents
What Is a Social Movement?
Common Goods and Free Riders
Who Are Social Movement Participants?
Resource Mobilization
Social Movement Framing
Social Movement Tactics
Political Opportunity for Social Movements
Resistance to Social Change
Social Movements Opposing the Direction of Social Change
State Resistance to Social Movements as Agents of Change
Crowds, Social Movements, and Popular Democracy
Social Movements as Drivers of Social Change
Linking Social Movements to Social Change
Social Movements as Effective Change Agents
The Movement to Win Collective Bargaining
Tracing the Effects of Social Movement Actions
Abortion and the Battle for Public Opinion
Personal Change as a Consequence of Social Movement Participation
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
War, Revolution, and Social Change: Political Violence and Structured Coercion
War as an Instrument of Social Change
Versions of War as Coercive Politics
Ethnic Conflict and Civil Wars
War and the State
Creating Nationalism and Patriotism
Power and Coercion
Purification of Space
War as a Driver of Social Change
Lessons From Twentieth-Century World Wars
Migration and War Refugees
Psychology of War
Constructing Mentalities for War
The Social Economy of War
Military Research and Development
State and Corporate Planning
Revolution and Social Transformation
Ways of Understanding Revolution
War-Weakened States and Defecting Militaries
Revolutionary Outcomes: Political Change and Social Change
War and Resistance to Social Change
War in Opposition to Social Change
Resistance to War: Peace as a Trajectory for Social Change
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Corporations in the Modern Era: The Commercial Transformation of Material Life and Culture
Understanding Corporations and Social Change
Corporations as Evolutionary Systems
Corporations in the Conflict Perspective
Businesses, Firms, and Large Corporations
Tort Victims and the Actual Price You Pay
The Corporation's Varied History
Monopoly Capitalism
The Ways Large Corporations Direct Social Change
Technology and the Corporate Dynamic
Control and Investment of Capital
Transformation of the Labor Process
Advertising and the Corporate Creation of Culture
Political Power and Agenda Setting
Large Corporations and Resistance to Social Change
Corporations Working Against Change
Organizational Entropy
Corporate Culture Versus Innovation
Resistance to Corporate-Driven Change
The Environmental Crisis and Corporations of the Future
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
States and Social Change: The Uses of Public Resources for the Common Good
Strong States and Social Change
The Role of Strong States in Modern Times
The State and Social Change: The United States in the Twentieth Century
Public Health: Reducing Sickness and Death
The Public Watering of the West
The Judicial Road to Civil Rights
Political Generations in the Modern Civil Rights Movement
State-Driven Social Change in Modern China
Two Versions of Democracy
Mao's Revolutionary China, 1949-1976
Post-Mao China: The Deng Xiaoping Era
The Three Gorges Dam
Resistance to State-Directed Social Change
Using the State in Opposition
Opposing the Power of the State
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
Making Social Change: Engaging a Desire for Social Change
Using Human Agency, Now or Later
Vocations of Social Change
Nongovernmental Organizations and Gap Year Experiences
Agency and Ethical Responsibility
Activism as a Part of Life
Social Change Happens
Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study
References
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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