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Unformatted text preview: B. Evolutionary Theories Early functionalist theories argued that all societies are gradually moving in a single direction . They are becoming more complex and, according to the early functionalist, are becoming more adaptable to their external environments (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:421). There is a bit of ethnocentrism here. It is assumed that all change is "progress." The Europeans, for example, saw their societies as more evolved that those they conquered. The Europeans concept of self allowed then to see their involvement in the new world as necessary to help the "primitive and backward" societies move toward a more desirable (European) style of life....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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