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Social Change
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[German Version]

This technical sociological term does not cover the multitude of change processes within a society but attempts to provide a theoretical framework for profound changes in the social structure itself. The first systematic presentation of the concept was published by William F. Ogburn (1886–1959), who deliberately isolated it from such concepts as evolution, development, and progress. He was unwilling to associate himself with any theory of development, optimistic or pessimistic, cy…

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Schieder, Rolf, “Social Change”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025650>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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