Lecture 4-6_Evolutionary and Ecological Theory

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/17/10 Evolutionary and Ecological  Theory
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10/17/10 Structure Channels Action Roles = Vehicles of Structure Action Built on Expectations Expectations Built on Norms Norms Built on Values Values Organized by Structure Action Chains A single (intermediate) act = Means  Ends Chain of Action =  Sets of Means   Ends Relations
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10/17/10 Sociology and Evolutionary Thought 19th century Thinking: Progress Savages 7  Barbarians   Civilization Unilinear Why Is It Still “Out?” Biology, Constructionism, and Reversibility The Threat of Social Engineering The Fear of Reductionism Cultural Sociology’s Stranglehold
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10/17/10 Parsons and Evolutionary thought Evolutionary Principles General: Variation Selection Mechanisms Conditions Favoring Selection Parsons Societies = Organisms…Environments, Niches What complex of structural elements are universal to 
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Unformatted text preview: adaptation? Four Basic Elements: Religion (L) 10/17/10 Where Do We go From Here? Bad Evolutionary Thought? Implicit Progressivism How do Stages Work? Single Causal Mechanism? Jonathan Turner: Selection Pressures Key! Success = (Temp) Adaptation Failure = Collapse/Conquest/Disintegration 5 Macrodynamics Population 10/17/10 Gerhard Lenski Engine of Change: Subsistence Technology Stages of Evolution Hunter-Gatherer Horticultural 10/17/10 Hawleys Ecological Model Assumptions: Individuals are dependent on environment Interdependence is requisite Humans are time-bound, communities are not Humans fill their resource niches Population = Key Dynamic Growth Niche-Based Problems Density??...
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2010 for the course SOC 169 taught by Professor Maryan during the Spring '10 term at UC Riverside.

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