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The concept of social change [electronic resource] : a critique of the functionalist theory of social change / Anthony D. Smith.
Smith, Anthony D.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
1 online resource (146 p.)
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Anthony Smith's important work on the concept of social change, first published in 1973, puts forward the paradigm of historical change as an alternative to the functionalist theory of evolutionary change. He shows that, in attempting to provide a theory of social change, functionalism reveals itself as a species of 'frozen' evolutionism. Functionalism, he argues, is unable to cope with the mechanisms of historical transitions or account for novelty and emergence; it confuses classification of variations with explanation of processes; and its endogenous view of chan
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Book Cover; Title01; Copyright01; Title02; Copyright02; Contents; Preface; chapter 1 Functionalism and social change; chapter 2 The 'neo-evolutionary' revival; chapter 3 The stages of evolution; chapter 4 Modernism and modernisation; chapter 5 Revolution; chapter 6 Equilibrium and change; chapter 7 Evolution and history; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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