Chapter 24 - Chapter 24 Social Change: Traditional, Modern,...

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Chapter 24 – Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies Modernity – changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution (it’s Latin root means “lately”) Postmodernity – recent transformations sparked by the Information Revolution and the post-industrial economy Cultural lag – states that material culture usually changes faster than nonmaterial culture (ideas and attitudes) Social change – the transformation of culture and social institutions over time 1) Social change is inevitable 2) Social change is sometimes intentional but often unplanned 3) Social change is controversial 4) Some changes matter more than others Invention – produces new objects, ideas, and social patterns Discovery – occurs when people first take note of certain elements or learn to see them in a new way Diffusion – creates change as trade, migration, and mass communication spread cultural elements throughout the world - Statistics Canada estimates that by the year 2031, seniors will account for almost
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