Renowned author Ulrike Schuerkens presents an in-depth exploration of social transformations and developments. Combining an international approach with up-to-date research, the book: • Has dedicated chapters on contemporary topics including technology, new media, war and terror, political culture and inequality • Includes an analysis of societal structures – inequality, globalization, transnationalism • Contains learning features including: discussion questions, annotated further reading, chapter summaries, and pointers to online resources to assist with study A must buy for students taking modules in social change, social inequality, social theory, and globalization.

Social Transformations and Development(s) in a Globalized World

Social Transformations and Development(s) in a Globalized World


The chapter presents the current theoretical state of research on the subject of transformations and development. In addition to a brief historical overview, the central theoretical approaches are presented such as modernization theory, dependency theories, structural-functionalist theories, multiple modernities, and the theory of entangled modernities. As such, the chapter prepares the reader to understand the following chapters which deal with empirical transformation fields.


The reconstruction of social change in societies has to take various factors into account and has to combine synchronic and diachronic elements. Today, if one analyzes the main theories of social change, dependency theory, the theories of evolution and structural-functionalist variants, one has to look for approaches ...

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