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Page 1 of 2 SOC 352 – Chapter 1 Outline Social change – a) big events of major world transformations b) the story of individuals and of differences between generations in families c) the significant alteration of social structure and cultural patterns through time Social Structure – a) a persistent network of social relationships where interaction between persons or groups has become routine and repetitive b) persistent social roles, groups, organizations, institutions and societies Culture – a) the “social software” that people share that provides meaning to social life b) the shared way of living and thinking that includes symbols and language (verbal and nonverbal), knowledge, beliefs, and values (what is good and bad), norms (how people are expected to behave), and techniques ranging from common folk recipes to sophisticated technologies and material objects. Grasping the ‘big picture’ of social change – requires that we understand important structural changes (for example, changes in composition of the population and households, in the size and complexity of organizations, in the
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