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Social change and behavior can quickly or slowly

Social change and behavior can happen rather quickly or slowly. For example, what was deviant or unusual years ago may be considered normal or acceptable today (i.e., piercing or tattoos) or once was normal is now not (i.e., smoking in restaurants).

1. Provide an example of a slow change and a quick change in the American culture over the past 25 years.

2, What are possible reasons that some social changes occur more quickly and other social changes receive resistance?

3. What agents of socialization may contribute to social changes?

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1. Provide an example of a slow change and a quick change in the American culture over the past 25 years. What are possible reasons that some social changes occur more quickly and other social changes receive resistance?

SLOW CHANGE

An example of slow change in American culture over the past 25 years is the gradual acceptance of sexual orientation into the mainstream culture. There is still some resistance to the homosexual's demand for marriage rights and to be openly "gay" in the military.

Gradually over time, chances in perception of sexual orientation as "normal" are occurring, as people are being socialized through the media e.g. television programs incorporate gay characters, Hollywood's acceptance of talk show hosts, such as Ellen, some state laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace, education and so on. It has been a slow process and still has much resistance in some subcultures of America, especially religious communities. This is one reason for the resistance as it is considered morally wrong in many religions e.g. Islam, Christianity, and people resist behaviors believed to be wrong based on God's word e.g. Bible is believed to be the revelation from God. Therefore, to accept ...

Solution Summary

By addressing the questions, this solution addresses aspects of social change in American culture. Examples and references are provided.

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