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.

Understanding and Explaining Social Change

Understanding and Explaining Social Change
Understanding and explaining social change

You see a young woman leaning forward, casually looking at a monitor. The photograph shows her sitting with one knee up, her foot perched on the edge of the chair. She has a pencil in her hand, or is it an unlit cigarette? She could be a student, maybe twenty years old, with short dark hair, stylish glasses, bracelets, wearing a light-color crewneck top and midcalf slacks. You glance at the caption. It begins, “Chinese blogger …”

What do you know about this young woman? What can you assume? What makes her interesting? Why is this photo newsworthy? The answers have something to do with social change, but in what way? Is the newspaper article about ...

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