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This text is accessible and informative, acquainting students with the narratives of contemporary social change and teaching the critical thinking skills needed to make sense of the changing world of the 21st century. The book does not strive to answer the question: why does social change happen? Rather, it examines five forces that are, and will continue to be, major drivers of social change: science and technology, social movements, corporate power, government actions, and war.
Not since the 1960s has there been such a time when students wanted and needed to understand social change. This text takes this desire for social change into the realm of social science where clarification, understanding, inquiry and involvement can help provide for both informed opinions and a path to effective engagement.
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Garth Massey (PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming where he was Director of International Studies (1998-2008) and a faculty member in Sociology (1974-2008). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (1979-80), the University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1986-88), the University of Gödöllö, Hungary (1993-4), Flinders University, Australia (2002), Truman Institute, Israel (2003), and taught in London (1998). His research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and The American Sociological Review. In addition to Ways of Social Change, he authored Subsistence and Change: Lessons of Agropastoralism in Somalia (Westview) and edits Readings for Sociology (W.W.Norton). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, writing and working on Indian voting rights.Review:
"This is the best text I have read in the area of social change. The models and theories presented are well-chosen and well-presented, in enough depth to do them justice and still be understandable at the undergraduate level. Publish it fast; I'm ready to order it. It actually covers the topic of social change. Most texts in this area actually focus on social problems or on one particular model or facet of social change. Concepts are presented in depth but not drowned in technical or theoretical terms. It includes many wonderful examples and stories that help explain concepts and that my students will love reading." (Anita S. Fream 2011-04-28)
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