Sociology Index

Social Change

What does social change mean? The notion of social change and agents of that change. Social change is the change in the social state of a society. Social change includes changes in social institutions, social relations and social behaviours. Social change also includes social progress or the movement of society forward by dialectical or evolutionary means. A shift from feudalism and towards capitalism is social change. 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. Social change may be driven by cultural, religious, economic, scientific or technological forces.

Technology and Social Change - We are living in a technological society and that technology is changing our world.

Education and Social Change - "Education must light the path for social change.

"Information for Social Change is an activist organisation that examines issues of censorship, freedom and ethics amongst library and information workers. It is committed to promoting alternatives to the dominant paradigms of library and information work and publishes its own journal, Information for Social Change.

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

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.

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 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change (JLASC)
An official journal of Penn Law after 14 years of independent scholarship. We are a progressive, student-run journal and seminar that uses an interdisciplinary scholarly approach to challenge social injustice.

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. SOCIAL CHANGE attracts eminent thinkers and researchers from all over India.
SOCIAL CHANGE is published four times a year in March, June, September and December.

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.

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

Burns Ronald, Crawford Charles, 1999, School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredients for a moral panic, in “Crime, Law & Social Change”, 32

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.

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 Bibliography

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave: Cowan analyzes housework in America from the 17th century through until the present. She looks at the shifting importance of the house in industrialization, and examines how household tasks have become industrialized and how this has made more work for women. One interesting aspect of the argument, which extends well beyond the particular situation of housework and gender politics, is the escalation of demands that accompany some new technologies and the problems this creates for the idea of technology as labour saving. For example, clothes washers make it easier to get clothes clean, but this contributes to a demand for cleaner clothes and thus more clothes washing than before.

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.

Burns Ronald, Crawford Charles, 1999, School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredients for a moral panic, in “Crime, Law & Social Change”, 32, pp.147-168.

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.

Ron Westrum, Chapter 3. "The Ogbum Generation." in Technologies & Society: The Shaping of People and Things. pp. 50-67. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1991.

Ron Westrum, Chapter 4. "Recent Theoretical Approaches." in Technologies & Society: The Shaping of People and Things. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1991. (CP)

Hughes, Thomas P. "The Evolution of Large Technological Systems" in Bijker, Wiebe E., Thomas P. Hughes and Trevor J. Pinch, eds. The Social Construction of Technological Systems. Cambridge: The MIT Press. 1987. (CP)

George Basalla, Chapter 1. "Diversity, Necessity, and Evolution." pp. 1-25. in The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press, 1988. (CP)

Henry Petroski,. Chapter 4. "From Pins to Paper Clips." in The Evolution of Useful Things. pp. 51-77, 255-257. New York: Vintage Books, 1994 (CP)

Ron Westrum, Chapter 9. "The Sponsorship of Technology." in Technologies & Society: The Shaping of People and Things. pp. 171-193. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1991. (CP)

Everett M. Rogers, Chapter 7. "Innovativeness and Adopter Categories." pp. 241-251. in Diffusion of Innovations 3rd Ed.. The Free Press, 1983. (CP)

Ellen Ullman, Chapter 5. pp. 95-121. Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents. City Lights Books: San Francisco, 1997. (CP)

Ron Westrum, Chapter 12. "Adapting and Tinkering." in Technologies & Society: The Shaping of People and Things. pp. 237-249. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1991.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother, Chapter 1, “An Introduction: Housework and Its Tools”, pp.3-15.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother, Chapter 2, “Housewifery: Household Work and Household Tools under Pre-Industrial Conditions”, pp.16-39.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother, Chapter 3, “The Invention of Housework: The Early Stages of Industrialization”, pp.40-68.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother, Chapter 4, “Twentieth-Century Changes in Household Technology”, pp.69-101.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother, Chapter 5, “The Roads Not Taken: Alternative Social and Technical Approaches to Housework”, pp.102-150.

Thomas K. Landauer, Chapter 1. "The Evidence." pp. 13-45, 367-371. in The Trouble with Computers. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1996. (CP)

Thomas K. Landauer, Chapter 2. "What Computers Do." pp. 47-72, 371-375. in The Trouble with Computers. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1996. (CP)

Edward Tenner, Chapter 9. "The Computerized Office: Productivity Puzzles." pp. 235-267, 396-400. Why Things Bite Back. New York: Vintage Books, 1997. (CP)

Social Change Through Land Reforms/Paramjit S. Judge. 1999, 212 p., ISBN 81-7033-492-X. - Contents: Preface. 1. Politics of land reforms. 2. Haryana: rich in methods of evasion of land reform laws. 3. Rajasthan: feudal remnants and rising social groups make it difficult. 4. Gujarat: discrepancy in government claims and actual situation. 5. Karnataka: efforts from above succeed. 6. Kerala: pressure from below succeeds. 7. Politics of social change.

Selected Social Change Online Resources:

Social Change - by Wilbert E. Moore. .
Social Change in the Twentieth Century - by Daniel Chirot.
Culture and Change: An Introduction - by Larry L. Naylor.
Perspectives on Social Change - by Robert H. Lauer.
Logic on the Track of Social Change - by David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch.
The Analysis of Social Change Reconsidered; a Sociological Study - by J. A. Ponsioen.
Interpreting Social Change in America - by Norman F. Washburne.
Social Change Philanthropy in America - by Alan Rabinowitz, David R. Hunter..
Social Change in Western Europe - by Colin Crouch.
Reflections on Anger: Women and Men in a Changing Society - by Christa Reiser.
Poor People's Social Movement Organizations: The Goal Is to Win - by Melvin F. Hall.
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)

Sociology and Social Change in Korea Book by Man-Gap Lee

Re-Stating Social and Political Change (Sociology and Social Change) by Colin Hay

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

Social Change (Sociology and Society) Tim Jordan (Editor), Steve Pile (Editor)

The Sociology of Social Change Book by Piotr Sztompka

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

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

Education and Social Change (Sociology and Social Change) Book by Amanda Coffey

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

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