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.
Corporations in the Modern Era: The Commercial Transformation of Material Life and Culture
I hope we shall … crush in [its] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens cited the third president of the United States’ letter to his friend, Tom Logan, in his strong dissent to the court majority’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision allowing corporations unlimited spending on behalf of political candidates. Quoting the court’s earlier McConnell decision, Stevens wrote, “We have repeatedly sustained legislation aimed at ‘the corrosive and distorting effects of immense aggregations of wealth ...