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Culture Change

1) What are some examples of unforseen changes in US communities and middle class neighborhoods of a society that has become involved in the modernizing process.

2) What levels of cultural systems are likely to be affected when these changes occur?

3) What examples exist to show that people are fully aware of the long-term consequences of the changes that they have welcomed? Does it seem more likely that they welcome the changes, not realizing or considering possible long-term consequences that may result?

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Culture Change & Modernization of Communities

1) What are some examples of unforeseen changes in US communities and middle class neighborhoods of a society that has become involved in the modernizing process?

Throughout the modernizing process since the mid 20th century, American Communities have grown and shrunk, relocated and removed shaping poor, middle class & upper class neighbourhoods (both urban and rural). To modernize means to 'innovate and to develop' according to the capacities of new technologies. For example, in the 60's and 70's modernization meant adaption of new machines and appliances for the home including the refrigerator for keeping food & beverage, the television for entertainment and up to date information, the radio and audio players, the telephone for communication and the car to ease travel and transportation. But beyond this there is also an effect on changes of the way of thinking, of viewing political, social, religious and economic issues and conflicts affecting one's self, the family, the community, the nation and the world. The varied policies of politicians and leaders as well as approaches in handling modern life (modernism, post-modernism, structuralism, liberalism, feminism) all came down to personal opinions changing traditional views (i.e. the role of women). In the 80's however, as rural poor and immigrant communities flocked to urban centers in a second-wave of migration, Middle-class urban residents sought to find residences in towns and smaller cities that are of easy commute to the population centers, business communities, as well as manufacturing, industrial and technological centers. Most of these were well-off 'whites' necessitating a 'White Flight' into commuter centers where homes are bigger and the facilities allow for a better standard of ...

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The solution is a 1,219-word narrative in the form of an essay that provides answers to the 3 questions narrated in the original posting (see long description). The concept of and related to culture change is discussed especially that in American society. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. References, both web and print are listed for expansion.