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Sociology: 3.3 Social Change. North High School Mr. Calvert. Sources of Social Change. Values and Beliefs-changes in values and beliefs are often caused by ideology and spread through social movements (prohibition, women's’ rights, civil rights, gay rights, environmental movement)

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Sociology 3 3 social change

Sociology: 3.3 Social Change

North High School

Mr. Calvert


Sources of social change

Sources of Social Change

  • Values and Beliefs-changes in values and beliefs are often caused by ideology and spread through social movements (prohibition, women's’ rights, civil rights, gay rights, environmental movement)

  • Technology-new knowledge and tools people use to manipulate their environment (atomic fusion, cell phones, political movements)


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Sources of Social Change

  • Population-change in size and characteristics of population may bring about changes in the culture (new foods, crowding in cities, migrations change regions, age of population –older US)

  • Diffusion-process of spreading culture traits from society to society. Technology and material traits diffuse faster than beliefs and ideas. (foods, movies, music, electronics) Many societies adapt, or reformulate, traits to own needs.


Sources of social change2

Sources of Social Change

  • Physical Environment-the environment may provide conditions that encourage or discourage cultural change (importing of foods, natural disasters, change in resource supplies)

  • Wars and Conquests–(causes quick changes) exposure to new cultures; changes in politics, economy, population, property, technology, medicine


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Sources of Social Change

  • Ethnocentrism-tendency to view one’s own culture or group as superior, which can lead to segregation (resistance to Japanese cars)

  • Cultural Lag-a delay in cultural change, such as in the introduction and use of computers (180 day school year -developed for rural society of 1800s, not needed in today’s society but doesn’t change)


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Sources of Social Change

  • Vested Interests—satisfaction with the status quo, which can lead to such things as a focus on maintaining budgets over a focus on providing a quality education (big business resist change –automobile, oil industries)


Review activity

Review Activity

  • Using your facts and information design a thematic flowchart that outlines the process, sources and resistance to social change.

  • http://go.hrw.com/activities/frameset.html?main=9883.html

  • When finished, work on any missing that you have not completed.


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