Sociology Index

Social Change

Social change in the social state of a society is termed social change. The notion of social change and agents of social change. Changes in social institutions, social relations and social behaviors social change. Social progress or the movement of society forward by dialectical or evolutionary means is also social change. A shift from feudalism and towards capitalism is social change. Social change may be driven by cultural, religious, economic, or technological changes. Social change may be driven by cultural, religious, economic, scientific or technological forces. Social change may be a paradigm change in the socio-economic structure, as in a shift away from feudalism towards capitalism.

What does social change mean? Social change may also refer to social revolution, or to other social movements, such as Women's suffrage or the Civil rights movement. The concept of dialectical materialism suggests that the process of social change is not attributable to changes in culture or ideas but arises within the material conditions of people's lives.

Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.
Established in 1989 as a quarterly print journal with local free distribution in Madison, Wisconsin, Mobius strives to publish challenging fiction and poetry that deals with social change as either a primary or a secondary theme. We've been asked many times what we mean when we say "social change," and we've never really been able to provide a satisfactory answer.

The Journal of Social Change and Critical Inquiry.
JoSCCI is the internationally refereed journal of the Institute of Social Change and Critical Inquiry located at the University of Wollongong.

SOCIAL CHANGE - Quarterly Journal
SOCIAL CHANGE is the quarterly journal of CSD that was started in 1971. It publishes problem-oriented, empirically-grounded or analytical papers in the field of social change and development, in easy-to-understand, non-technical language.

Crime, Law and Social Change is a peer reviewed journal that publishes essays and reviews addressing the political economy of organized crime whether at the transnational, national, regional or local levels anywhere in the world.

The Journal of Educational Practice for Social Change - The JEPSC is a publication of the Walden University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Social Change Abstracts

Psychologists Working for Change - Links to psychologists working either as individuals or in groups to bring about social change through their activism. This activism takes diverse forms, ranging from research on activism and social movement to direct participation in activities such as public education and civil disobedience.

Fair trade coffee: Case study in social change - Written By: Miguel A. Antunes, Emilio M. Recio. The problems facing today's citizens of the so-called third world include poverty, malnutrition, backbreaking sweatshop labor, child labor, and land theft ('repossession' of land by banks on behalf of agribusiness monopolies). As the corporate juggernauts spread throughout the world, pushing forward "free-trade'' and "democracy'' through globalization, the developing nations whom have adopted capitalism is the exploitation of the country's environment and its people. The corporations change the balance of power such that its citizens become dependent; when they can no longer support themselves by their traditional methods, the people have no choice but to move to the cities.

Catastrophe and Social Change - how quick response field studies could be made immediately before, during, and right after disasters. Much of this research was guided by ideas from the sociological speciality of collective behavior.

Social Change Books

Baerveldt Chris, Bunkers Hans, De Winter Micha, Kooistra Jan, 1998, Assessing a moral panic relating to crime and drug policy in the Netherlands: Toward a testable theory, in “Crime, Law & Social Change”, 29.

Bruce Steve, 1983, Social change and collective behaviour: the revival in eighteenth-century Ross-shire, in “The British Journal of Sociology”, 34 (4), pp.554-572.

Cuklanz Lisa M., 1996, Rape on Trial - How the mass media construct legal reform and social change, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

Furlong Andy, Cartmel Fred, 1997, Young People and Social Change - Individualization and risk in late modernity, Open University Press, Buckingham.

Pearson Geoffrey, 1975, The Deviant Imagination - Psychiatry, Social Work and Social Change, The Macmillan Press Ltd, London.

Interpreting Social Change in America - by Norman F. Washburne.

Dynamics of Social Change: A Reader in Marxist Social Science, from the Writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin - by Howard Selsam, David Goldway, Harry Martel. .

Social Change Through Land Reforms/Paramjit S. Judge. 1999, 212 p., ISBN 81-7033-492-X. - Politics of social change.

Female Well-Being : Towards a Global Theory of Social Change Book by Janet Mancini Billson, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (Editors).

Development and Social Change : A Global Perspective (Sociology for a New Century Series) - by Philip McMichael.

Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change!
by Karen Pittelman, Resource Generation, Molly Hein.

Karl Marx on Society and Social Change : With Selections by Friedrich Engels (Heritage of Sociology Series) by Karl Marx, Neil Smelser (Editor).

Changing Women, Unchanged Men?: Sociological Perspectives on Gender in a Post-Industrial Society (Sociology and Social Change) by Sara Delamont.

We, the People: American Character and Social Change (Contributions in Sociology) by Gordon J. DiRenzo.