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soc_lec_15 - Lecture 15 Does the Individual Really Make A...

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Lecture 15 – 5/18/2010 Does the Individual Really Make A Difference? An Introduction to Social Change Social Change Change in inherent part of dynamic social order Social conflict causes change - Social m ove m ents Structural shifts in econo my - Globalization Technological develop m e nts - Pace of chang e – resistance is futile? Social cultural trends - Liberalization of laws – m arriage Dra m atic political chang es rarely e ndure Revolutions a nd restorations Power of e st ablished ways Culture chang es slowly Power of Individuals Power by definition is un evenly distribut ed Som e individuals have m ore influence than others But every individual faces powerful forces that m ust be reckoned with - Oba m a - Compromises Kinds of Social Chang e Form al – legal - Constitution Institutional – subst antive Exam ple: Brown v. Board of Education - May 17, 56 th Anniversary - Equality for wo m en Social Move m e nts Wom ens’ m ove m e nt Civil rights m ove m e nt Environ m ent al m ove m e nt
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