Societies in Transition
An attempt to explain the complexities of social change, i.e. a transformation in the way a society is organized, through historical examples.
This paper attempts to explain the complexities of social transformations through a reconstruction of the interrelated changes that occurred throughout history must be examined and explained. Specific instances of historical cause and effect relationships, such as the process of industrialization, are cited in order to assist the reader’s understanding of global change and transformation.
Social changes can be seen as a transformation in the way a society is organized. These changes usually encompass all aspects of any given society and its institutions such as the economy, the social roles, the labor force, the class structure, the family dynamics and the political structure that dictates the national and international policies. Although each of these societal components transform through change, they do not always change in a pre-set order, simultaneously, or at the same rate. This variability of social change that is found within the social organization is ultimately rooted in the human inhabitants who, by nature, are diverse and will adapt and transform differently; differently within each nation or state and differently cross-culturally between separate nations or states….