Social change

Social change

"Social development redirects here. For the aspect of human biological development, see psychosocial development"

Social change is a general term which refers to:
* change in social structure: the nature, the social institutions, the social behaviour or the social relations of a society, community of people, and so on.
* any event or action that affects a group of individuals that have shared values or characteristics.
* acts of advocacy for the cause of changing society in a normative way (subjective).

The term is used in the study of history, economies, and politics, and includes topics such as the success or failure of different political systems, globalization, democratization, development and economic growth. The term can encompass concepts as broad as revolution and paradigm shift, to narrow changes such as a particular cause within small town government. The concept of social change imply measurement of some characteristics of this group of individuals. While the term is usually applied to changes that are beneficial to society, it may result in negative side-effects or consequences that undermine or eliminate existing ways of life that are considered positive.

Social change is a topic in sociology and social work , but also involves political science, economics, history, anthropology, and many other social sciences.

Among many forms of creating social change are theater for social change, direct action, protesting, advocacy, community organizing, community practice, revolution, and political activism.

ee also

* Important publications in social change
* Community development
* Community practice
* Culture change
* Generative actor
* Historical institutionalism
* Social decline
* Social development
* Social development theory
* Social disintegration
* Social innovation
* Social movement
* Social relations
* Social work
* Sociocultural evolution
* Societal collapse


* Gene Shackman, Ya-Lin Liu and Xun Wang. Measuring quality of life using free and public domain data. Social Research Update, Issue 47, Autumn, 2005. Available at

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