Week 4 Additional Lecture Notes

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Additional Lecture Notes Dr. Khanna : Social change is complex. It involves changing traditions, cultural ways, and value systems. It involves both the culture as ways of thinking and acting as well as the society or social system (a group of people and the way they organize themselves). Social change is at the heart of culture because culture is very dynamic and always in a state of flux. Social change is not predictable. It does not always conform to expectations as will be seen below. Cultures are always exposed to external forces that cause cultures to redefine ways of doing things. Social change is affected both by innovation (new, creative ways of doing things) and by diffusion (borrowing of ideas, things, and behaviors from other cultures as cultures come in contact). In many cases, it is a combination of both. A community finds its own way of negotiating change—making it work for them, given their various values (here, both for maintenance of ethnic identities and boundaries from other groups as well as for profit in an urban world). The effects of social change may be uneven. Men and women may benefit differently. Social change is shaped by history and cultural patterns. Cultural traditions lag behind social change . Occupations and economic status may be quick to change, but gender, family size and customs, food, language are slow
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ANTH 110 taught by Professor Videocourse during the Winter '08 term at Oregon State.

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