Social Change: Perspectives, Challenges and Implications for the Future


Joel Wallace (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC026000

Different types of social change agents and catalysts in society operate in a wide range of sectors and industries. In the first chapter, some major theoretical perspectives in the study of social change and individual socioemotional functioning are reviewed. The authors of the second chapter explore the aforementioned agents and catalysts that can create a more meaningful and lasting impact in society if efforts, strategies and resources are aligned. In the third chapter, the effect of radical social change on the diffusion of professional norms across contexts is examined. The fourth chapter helps evaluators and program managers understand the importance of considering culture in program design and evaluations, with particular emphasis on culturally specific vulnerable populations.

The fifth chapter studies two social change conceptions, very popular in sociological literature: modernity and modernization. Chapter 6 explores the effect of social changes and demographic variables on the importance of work outcomes. In Chapter 7, the authors’ describe the impact of social welfare and government trust in society on its citizens. The authors of Chapter 8 discuss the recent developments of school music education in China, focusing on Beijing and its long and rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. Chapter 9 aims to investigate the role of entrepreneurial ecosystem in the various steps of the development of a start-up and to verify the role of the social mission as an enabler factor in the enhancement of relationship with the actors in the ecosystem.

In Chapter 10, the author theoretically develop and empirically test for the utility of the concept of social intermediaries (SI) in explaining social change. The last chapter of the book aims to give an account of the process of development, adaptation and change in the social structure at the microlevel, as a result of changes in the policies of development and the alteration of the global order.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Social Change and Socioemotional Development
(Rui Fu, Siman Zhao, Jinsol Lee, and Xinyin Chen, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA)

Chapter 2
Catalysts and Agents of Social Change: Imperatives for Social Innovations
(Monica Nandan, Shiva Nandan, and Manual London, Kennesaw State University, USA, and others)

Chapter 3
Social Change and Diffusion of Professional Norms: An Evaluation of Academic Research Performance
(Simon Cadez, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 4
The Role of Cultural Competence in the Evaluation of Social Service Programs and Achieving Social Change
(Maritza Concha, Maria Elena Villar, Lauren Azevedo, Covian Consulting, In, Orlando, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 5
Modernity and Modernization as Theoretical and Doctrinal Constructs to Explain Social Change
(Juan Miguel Valdera-Gil, University of Granada, Spain)

Chapter 6
The Effect of Social Changes and Demographic Variables on the Importance of Work Outcomes: The Israeli Case
(Moshe Sharabi, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Max Stern Academic College of Yezreel Valley, D. N. Emek Yezreel, Israel)

Chapter 7
Impacts of Social Welfare and Government Trust in Society on the Citizen
(Chau-kiu Cheung, City University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 8
School Music Education, Cultural Values, and Social Transformation in Beijing, China
(Wai-Chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University, China)

Chapter 9
The Innovative Social Oriented Start-Up: The Role of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and its Impact on the Social Capital
(Michelini Laura, Iasevoli Gennaro, Pitardi Valentina, Associate Professor of Management, LUMSA University,
Italy, and others)

Chapter 10
The Rise of Market Driven Modes of Social Participation
(Jochen Hirschle, Department of Sociology, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Chapter 11
Changes in Rural Social Structure: The Sumapaz Colombian Town Case Study
(Martha Milena Bautista Gómez, University of Granada, Spain)


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