Industrialization as an Agent of Social Change : A Critical Analysis (Communication & Social Order)

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Industrialization as an Agent of Social Change : A Critical Analysis (Communication & Social Order)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 196 p.
  • 言語 ENG
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Full Description

Herbert Blumer wrote continuously and voluminously, and consequently left a vast array of unpublished work at the time of his death in 1987. This posthumously published volume testifies further to his perceptive analysis of large-scale social organizations and elegant application of symbolic interactionist principles.

Blumer's focus on the processual nature of social life and on the significance of the communicative interpretation of social contexts is manifest in his theory of industrialization and social change. His theory entails three major points: industrialization must be seen in processual terms, and the industrialization process is different for different historical periods; the consequences of industrialization are a function of the interpretive nature of human action and resembles a neutral framework within which groups interpret the meaning of industrial relations, and the industrial sector must be viewed in terms of power relations; industrial societies contain inherently conflicting interests.

The editors' introductory essay outlines Blumer's metatheoretical stance (symbolic interactionism) and its emphasis on the adjustive character of social life. It places Blumer's theory in the context of contemporary macro theory, including world systems theory, resource dependence theory, and modernization theory.

Contents

On the Breadth and Relevance of Blumer's Perspective: Introduction to his Analysis of Industrialization I. INTRODUCTION 1 II. AMBIGUITY OF THE CONCEPT OF INDUSTRIALIZATION III. THE NATURE OF INDUSTRIALIZATION IV. INDUSTRIALIZATION AS AN AGENT OF SOCIAL CHANGE—PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS V. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND THE TRADITIONAL ORDER VI. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL TRANSITION VII. THE NEUTRAL ROLE OF INDUSTRIALIZATION VIII. IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEUTRAL ROLE OF INDUSTRIALIZATION