Sociology Index

Social Change - Bibliography

Social Change Abstracts, Social Change Syllabus, Books on Social Change

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.