Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper addressing the following questions:

o How does modernization manifest itself in U.S. society? Use one of the modern theorists introduced in Ch. 16 of Society as a basis for your response.
o Is modernization likely to continue in the U.S.? Explain your answer.
o Is modernization a world-wide trend?
o What are the consequences of modernization?
o Which theorist best reflects your perceptions of modernization?

• Research the Online Library for information to support your answers. Try search terms such as “modernization trends” or “consequences of modernization.”

• Format your paper according to APA standards.

• Cite 3 to 5 sources; at least two must come from the Online Library. You may also refer to the Recommended Web Sites list in the Electronic Resources section at the beginning of this syllabus for additional sources.

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Modernization in U.S. Society

Derek Potts

Axia University of Phoenix


    The industrial revolution has played a major role in today’s society. As technology changes, socialization follows; thus, modernization is to change something in order to make it conform to modern tastes, attitudes, or standards (The Encarta Dictionary, North America, 2009).   Technology and manufacturing have played a major role in modernization which has primarily been brought on by the industrial revolution.
    Peter Berger (1977) identified the major characteristics of modernization as: The decline of small, traditional communities, the expansion of personal choice, increasing social diversity, and orientation toward the future and growing awareness of time (Macionis, 2006, p. 456). These characteristics are evident throughout the modern U.S. society.
Modernization is U.S. Society
    How does modernization affect the U.S. society?   Ferdinand Tonnies theory of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft viewed modernization as the progressive loss of human community. As Tonnies saw it, the...