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Introduction of Social Change

Definition of Social Change

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Harry Johnson: “In its basic sense social change means a change in the social structure.”

Horton and Hunt: “Social change is a change in the social structure and social relationships of the society."

Merril & Elbridge: "Social change means, that large no. of persons are engaging in activities that differ from those which they or their immediate forefathers engaged in some time before."

Gillin & Gillin: "Social changes are variations from the accepted mode of life, whether due to alteration in geographical condition, in cultural equipment, the composition of the population. Or ideologies & whether brought about by diffusion or inventions within the group."

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Introduction of Social Change:

Change means a differentiation in anything observation over some time. If we feel that there's some alteration we call it changes. It this change is in a contest to social structure, institution, etc, i.e. social context then it is social change.

Social change is the significant alteration of social structures and cultural patterns through time. These structures or patterns are made up of an enduring network of social relationships in which interaction between people or groups has become constant. Social change can affect everything from education, population, politics, culture, law, and administration to the economy and international affairs. Social change often happens alongside other major changes such as industrialization. It is a process whereby the values, attitudes, or institutions of society (such as education, family, religion, and industry) are modified and includes both natural processes and action programmes initiated by members of the affected community.
 

Definitions of Social Change:

Harry Johnson: “In its basic sense social change means a change in the social structure.”

Horton and Hunt: “Social change is a change in the social structure and social relationships of the society."

Merril & Elbridge: "Social change means, that large no. of persons are engaging in activities that differ from those which they or their immediate forefathers engaged in some time before."

Gillin & Gillin: "Social changes are variations from the accepted mode of life, whether due to alteration in geographical condition, in cultural equipment, the composition of the population. Or ideologies & whether brought about by diffusion or inventions within the group."

All the definitions given above make reference to a structural-functional approach to social change. This implies that changes in the ‘structure’ of society have an impact on social relationships that are found within them.

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