Social Change with Respect to Culture and Original Nature

By William Fielding Ogburn | Go to book overview

6
MATERIAL CULTURE AS A SOURCE OF
MODERN SOCIAL CHANGES

There remain, however, a few other considerations to be made in inquiring how generally the hypothesis of lag may justifiably be applied. It has been shown that when the material culture changes there are frequently lags in the old adaptive culture before changes providing satisfactory adjustment have been made. It is not to be implied, of course, that changes may not be made in the non-material culture and that part which is adaptive to material conditions while the material culture remains constant. Indeed, it is conceivable that a change may first occur in non-material culture and later the material culture be adjusted to such a change. Thus religion may change and an adaptation affecting material conditions may be made to the religious ideas, as in the development of taboos against the use of certain animals as foods or the development of architecture in

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