HowSocial Change Happens
HowSocial Change Happens
Socialchange is simplified as the alteration of a society’s social order.For a social change to be regarded as one, it must occur for a longtime as it results to change in behavior patterns as well as thecultural values. In order for a social change to be recognized, itmust lead to significant social consequences. In other words, socialchange is defined as the transformation of culture as well as socialinstitutions in a community over time (Manzini, 2014). This paperwill address how social change is made to happen.
Thereare different theories that are used to explain the aspect of socialchange. Sometimes social changes are intentional, but many a timesare when the changes are unplanned. Some of the theories entailfunctionalism or dynamic theory, conflict theory, cynical theories,and revolutionary theories. Additionally, there numerous factors thatcontribute to social change. Some of the causing factors of socialchange include invention, discovery as well as discussion, such aswhen ideas and products moves from one society to another. Othersentail technology, power, evolution as well as development andprogress (Reeler, 2015).
Positiveand lasting social changes entail a change in a community as well asindividual idea, which is denoted by cultural change. First thecommunity adopts the new changes, but only few people adopt it, thisstage is also known as discovery stage (learning something that wasinitially unknown). Directions of social change entail structuralchanges, the process and the consequences. In order for a socialchange to occur or happen, it starts with ‘triggering mechanism’these entail the contributing factors such as technology (Reeler,2015). For example the adoption of the social media in the modernsociety can be said to have started, then internet becomes a widelyused platform for communication. Hence, the internet can be termed asthe triggering factor/mechanism.
Thesecond step is the sustaining of the mechanism or else the inventionstage this is whereby the new change is maintained within thesociety, as it continued to be adopted by the people (the stageentails the process of reshaping the initially existing social aspectto a new form). Finally, there is the directionality and overallprogress of the change process within the society or else thediffusion stage. This stage entails the process of transmitting thesocial practices from one societal group to another. The last stepentails the adoption of the change whether it’s accepted orrejected by the larger community, once it’s adopted the changebecomes the new cultural and social recognized practice or tool(Manzini, 2014).
Socialchange impacts the society’s ways of doing things, for example, theadoption of social media platforms has changed the way peoplecommunicate from one person to the other, where new inventions hasled to anniversary acceptable communication channels such as theFacebook, Twitter, and such. Such platforms have been adopted by thebusiness organizations as a way of communication with their customersas well as among individuals.
Inconclusion, the aspect of social change is inevitable. Once a socialchange occurs, it’s either adopted positively or negatively by thecommunity. It’s clear that, different factors contribute to socialchange. However, a social change is not a short time process, butrather a process that consumes time, before a change becomesanniversary accepted within a society. In summary, different theorieshave been adopted in an attempt to explain social change.Nevertheless, a social change occurs through defining steps, i.e.initiation stage, adoption stage, sustaining stage and finally theoverall use of the change in the community.
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