Locate an article that you feel addresses one of the three ways that we can think about social change.
Discuss why you chose the article and which of the three social change areas it addresses.
You can think about social change in three ways.
1. First, change can reflect significant social events, such as World War ll, the assassination of President Kennedy, the breakup of the Soviet Empire, etc. Each of these events has affected change in contemporary America.
2. Change can be macroscopic, reflecting broad-scale social change and cultural themes. These pervasive change processes enable you to see patterns and make sense out of particular historical events by revealing "underlying" patterns and directions. What patterns have been developed by this social change?
3. The third perspective discusses how change can occur in spheres of social life. These are closely connected to the lives of individuals, such as age groups, families, work settings, education, religion, and so forth. This third perspective focuses on change in the population and social institutions.
Our authors Harper and Liecht (2011) shared that each of these perspectives has strengths and weaknesses. Looking at different perspectives it is better to illuminate the whole parts of your everyday encounters with social change and show the interconnections among social trends and changing institutional settings for everyday life (p. 67).