Social change refers to a gradual change in the nature, in social institutions, social behaviors or social relations in a society.
- Social change alludes to convergence of social forces which influence the rise in a new order of existence including shaping the way people live.
- There is a change in societal attitude and behavior.
- There is a complete change in the whole system of the society
- There may not necessarily be a significant change in the old to the new system of social change.
Social movements are large non formal groupings of people that focus on change. Either they promote or resist the change. The four types of social movements: Alternative Social Movement, include those supporting civil rights, gay rights, trade unions and environmental groups. Redemptive social movements aim to change certain targeted habits in society such as alcoholism in specific affected individuals through the alcoholic anonymous organization. Reformative social movements target a limited change for the society as a whole. Revolutionary social movements undertake actions that aim to influence complete change in the whole society in a big way such as the Democratic Party in the USA
Modernization is the process of social change begun by industrialization. The decline of small, traditional communities during the pre industrial times resulted in the breaking up of communities that were held together resulting in reduction of responsibility. The expansion of personal choice led people to see themselves in the choices they made.
Increased social diversity in preindustrial societies, strong family ties and powerful religious beliefs enforce conformity and discourage diversity and change.
Focusing on the future and a growing awareness of time has resulted in people of modern societies to think more.There is optimism that new inventions and discoveries will improve their...