NEW TO THIS EDITION: • New topics include the winding down of the Arab uprising, the Supreme Court’s weakening of restrictions on money in politics, and the assortment of new digital technologies. • Increased coverage of global and comparative perspectives; the concept of globalization; social change in less affluent nations; the impact of digital technology; and growing income and wealth inequality. • Additional perspectives from cultural history and political science add to the book’s sociological framework. • Feature boxes, “Topics for Discussion” and “For Future Study” have been have been revised, expanded and updated. KEY FEATURES: • Devotes a chapter to each of the five major drivers of social change: science and technology, social movements, war and revolution, large corporations, and the state. • Shows students how to effectively research social change and gives significant attention to how social science approaches a question and goes about finding answers. • Uses the biography of a fictional character—Iris Summers, a girl who comes of age in post-World War II America—to illustrate the way sweeping changes on a macro scale can effect an individual life. • Immerses readers in stories of great public events, such as a massive dam project on the Colorado River; the transformation of China from communism to authoritarian capitalism; the chipping away of racial injustice through the courts; the adoption of public health care; and the movement to achieve equal rights for women. • The book draws on a wide range of sources to tell the story of social change: academic studies and journal articles, documentary films, literature, newspaper journalism, public polling data, and scientific reports and are portals for further inquiry and exploration. • An instructors’ test bank is available to adopters for readings, quizzes, and in-class exams.
Social Movements: Social Change Through Contention
Just as, all too often,
some huge crowd is seized by a vast uprising,
the rabble runs amok, all slaves to passion,
rocks, firebrands flying. Rage finds the arms.
To see a demonstration or public protest is to see people acting in ways unexpected, even unusual, from everyday life. Shouting, waving placards, singing, and bringing attention to themselves, acting like friends with people they hardly know. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among participants. Voices are adamant and insistent about the way things are and the way things should be, repeatedly singing and chanting a simple rhyme or sentiment: “Hey, hey, LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?” “Hands up. Don’t Shoot.” “The people, united, will never ...