Social Change with Respect to Culture and Original Nature

By William Fielding Ogburn | Go to book overview

PREFACE

The vast social changes which characterize our age raise to a plane of great importance for sociology theories of social evolution and practical programmes. Our interest in the pages which follow is not primarily with specific programmes but rather with the more general and perhaps more fundamental aspects of social change, which are not, of course, without bearing on particular issues. The treatment deals with inquiries concerning the nature of these changes, why social changes occur, why certain conditions apparently resist change, how culture grows, how civilization has come to be what it is. These questions involve considerations of the nature and frequency of inventions, and of the part will power and human nature play in producing these processes. Are these changes solely in man’s social heritage or are they changes in the biological nature of man? Could the great progress that has taken place since the last ice age have occurred without changes in mental ability and human nature? We are also interested in inquir-

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