Category Archive for: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE

Functional and Conflict Theories of Change

Functional and Conflict Theories of Change    Neither functional nor conflict theory includes any grand theories of change such as those above. Functionalists accept change as a constant which does not need to be “explained.” Changes disrupt the equilibrium of a society, until the change has been integrated into the culture. Changes which prove to be useful  (functional) are accepted and those…

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Cyclical Theories

Cyclical Theories The cyclical theorists also see a series of stages  through which societies must pass. But, in stead of ending in a “final” stage of perfection, they see a return to the starting point for  another. round.Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), a German  philosopher, saw each great civilization passing through successive stages of birth, growth, and decline, with the’ completed.…

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE Although we know a good deal about the conditions and processes of change, we have no satisfactory explanation of why change  occurs, Possibly the explanation lies in the human capacity for becoming bored. Most of the higher species, whenever not hunting, eating, or mating, simply go to sleep-as much as twenty hours a day. Humans cannot sleep…

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