Social Change

Section Quiz

Children in peripheral nations have little to no daily access to computers and the Internet, while children in core nations are constantly exposed to this technology. This is an example of:

  1. the digital divide
  2. human ecology
  3. modernization theory
  4. dependency theory

Hint:

A

When sociologists think about technology as an agent of social change, which of the following is not an example?

  1. Population growth
  2. Medical advances
  3. The Internet
  4. Genetically engineered food

Hint:

A

China is undergoing a shift in industry, increasing labor specialization and the amount of differentiation present in the social structure. This exemplifies:

  1. human ecology
  2. dependency theory
  3. modernization
  4. conflict perspective

Hint:

C

Core nations that work to propel peripheral nations toward modernization need to be aware of:

  1. preserving peripheral nation cultural identity
  2. preparing for pitfalls that come with modernization
  3. avoiding hegemonistic assumptions about modernization
  4. all of the above

Hint:

D

In addition to social movements, social change is also caused by technology, social institutions, population and ______.

  1. the environment
  2. modernization
  3. social structure
  4. new social movements

Hint:

A