Social Change

Social Change and Modernization
    Social change as a sociological term is defined as, alterations in basic structures of a social group or society. Social change is an ever present phenomenon in social life, but has become especially intense in the modern era. The origins of modern sociology can be traced to attempts to understand the dramatic changes shattering the modern world and promoting new forms of social order. An example of this is globalization. For examples throughout human history the vast majority of people produced their own food and shelter and lived in tiny groups or small villages.

    Even at the height of the most developed civilizations- such as ancient Rome or China- fewer than 10% of the population lived in urban areas. In present day United States only 2%-3% of people work in agriculture and 90% of people now live in urban areas. Urbanization in the rest of the world is also changing at a rapid pace due to economic activity. By 2030, about 60% of the world population is expected to live in urban areas and in more developed regions as high as 81% of people are expected to be urbanized (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2010).

    Other examples of social change include Technology influx in recent years such as email, cell phone, online social networks. In the past communicating with other was held to certain constraints such as mail or face to face interact, Increased voting rights in the United States for women and people of other ethnicity, And finally Everyone is required to go be educated to an elementary standard education "Everyone has the right to education (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2010). Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.

    Modernization is a concept that says the development of societies is a standard evolutionary pattern or tendency for growth ( Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2010). This is also recognized in evolutionism...