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Chapter 3: Cultural Conformity and adaptation. Section 3: Social Change. The more culture traits a society has, the faster the culture will change. This can have very far reaching effects. Example: The car. Sources of Social Change. New values and beliefs Ideologies

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section 3 social change
Section 3: Social Change
  • The more culture traits a society has, the faster the culture will change.
  • This can have very far reaching effects.
    • Example: The car
sources of social change
Sources of Social Change
  • New values and beliefs
    • Ideologies
      • Set of beliefs which justifies a group’s actions
      • Can be spread through social movements
    • Social Movements
      • Long-term effort to promote/prevent social change
more sources of social change
More sources of social change
  • Technology
    • Discovery
      • New uses for what is there
    • Invention
      • “look what I made!”
      • Can be material or nonmaterial
  • Population
      • Size, mobility and age structure all make changes
yet more sources
Yet more sources

Cultural Diffusion

Spread of culture traits from one culture to another

Reformulation – occurs when a culture “borrows” culture traits

Physical Environment

What nature has in store for you.

Wars/Conquests

Assimilation

The process of becoming part of another culture

resistance to social change
Resistance to social change
  • How/why do people/cultures resist change?
  • Ethnocentrism
  • Cultural lag
    • When one part of a culture lags behind others.
  • Vested interests
    • When someone wants to maintain the status quo.
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