Rise and Fall Theories

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Rise and Fall Theories Both the evolutionary and conflict theories discussed so far tend to imply a "progress" toward more "desirable" forms of social organization. Rise and Fall theories depart from this assumption. Rise and Fall theories argue (in Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:422) that as nations grow in economic power, they often seek to become world military powers as well. That goal becomes their undoing. Support for the military eventually weakens the domestic economy. This, in turn, undermines the prosperity that once fueled the economic power. Theories of Global Social Change: Market-Oriented Theories and Modernization Theory A. What is Modernization? A host of scholars, from the left to the right, connects the incredible change experienced in the modern era with modernization. Smelser (1988:387) defines modernization as a complex set of changes that take place in almost every part of society as a society attempts to industrialize . Four General Characteristics of Modernization: 1. There is a shift from the simple to the complex. 2.
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