Social Organizations: Background
The scope of group life expanded greatly over the last 150
years, especially in post industrial societies like the U.S.
We were a close-knit preindustrial society of families living on farms
or in small groups in towns and cities, shopping at Mom and Pop
businesses for the few goods we didn’t produce ourselves.
Target, or Citibank
Why would you need a WalMart or Olive Garden?
People grew most of
their food and prepared it themselves.
Phones, radios, TVs, air conditioners,
refrigerators, toasters, washing machines, dryers, garbage disposals,
microwave ovens, lawnmowers, weed eaters, snow blowers,
ballpoint pens, scotch tape, computers, iPods, and iPhones hadn’t been
Americans were using dip pens & ink, horses, outhouses, and
eating at home.
The first credit card wasn’t invented until 1950 and it was
hard to qualify.