SOC 262 UOPX Week 5 Sociology Movement on Climate Change Discussion


Review the Sociology Matters prompt at the end of Ch. 11.

Write a minimum 700-word response to one or more of the bullets at the end of Chapter 11.


Here below is ch 11 bullets

Sociology Matters

Sociology matters because it helps you to understand the social change you encounter.

  • Have you had any experience working in a social movement? If so, what kind of social change were you hoping to support? What resources did the movement try to mobilize? Who were the vested interests who opposed the movement?
  • Have you yourself experienced culture lag, or have you observed it in others? If so, what kind of change caused the lag—was it a new technology, or some other kind of change? Did you notice a generational difference in the way people responded to the change? Did you see any open resistance to it?
  • Have new technologies helped you in any significant way, and if so, how? On balance, do you see new technologies as a benefit or a threat to society? Explain.



Social movements are a form of collective behavior that promotes social change, or a significant alteration over time in behavior patterns and culture. This chapter examined social movements, sociological theories of social change, resistance to social change, and the impact of technology on social change.

  1. A group will not mobilize into a social movement unless its members believe they can end their relative deprivation only through collective action.


  1. The success of a social movement depends in good part on effective resource mobilization. Increasingly, social movements are using technology—including the Internet—to mobilize their resources.
  2. Early advocates of the evolutionary theory of social change believed that society was progressing steadily and inevitably toward a higher state.
  3. Talcott Parsons, a leading advocate of functionalist theory, thought that social change would always return society to a natural state of equilibrium, or balance. Conflict theorists see change more as a necessity in correcting social injustices and inequities.
  4. In general, those with a disproportionate share of society’s wealth, status, and power, called vested interests,will resist social change and attempt to preserve the status quo.
  5. A period of maladjustment, called culture lag, occurs when a nonmaterial culture strains to adapt to new material conditions.
  6. The Internet, the world’s largest computer network, has revolutionized communications and commercial activity around the world.
  7. Though developing nations typically have little access to new technologies, some semiperiphery nations have begun to benefit from the offshoring of service and professional jobs once done in core nations.
  8. New computer, video, and GPS technologies have compromised our privacy and facilitated government censorship.
  9. Advances in biotechnology have both benefited humans and raised difficult ethical questions about genetic engineering.

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