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The Future of Modernization in US Society

O How does modernization manifest itself in U.S. society? Use one of the modern
theorists introduced in Ch. 16 as a basis for your response.
o Is modernization likely to continue in the U.S.? Explain your answer.
o Is modernization a world-wide trend?
o What are the consequences of modernization?
o Which theorist best reflects your perceptions of modernization?
? Research the Online Library for information to support your answers.

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Future of Modernization & the American Nation

Abstract: Modernization explained through Durkheim's specialization theory, applying it to the American fabric of approaching nationhood, governance & industrialization. The essay seeks to show that America is modern by virtue of it's very inception; and while urbanization & technological advancement are rife all over the nation, it is so because of what the idea of America is since it's birth --- to always be relevant to it's people.

Modernization as a Social Science Concept

Modernization generally refers to social structures at present, especially that established in an industrialized society where urbanization and specialization as well as technological advancement are only among the indicators. Emile Durkheim's (1997,orig.1893) ideas on modernization, while sharing Tonnies' Gemeinschaft & Gesellschaft (1968,orig.1925)ideas on the nature of modern societies echoes aspect of Karl Weber's Rationalization(1978) theories on modernity while wholly embracing that capitalism is as much a result and a cause of the modern world. Specialization and division of labour for Durkheim has created a post industrial world of highly skilled societies, expertise becomes particular; enhancing dependence and competition, and while success becomes inevitable as well as failure due to the very nature of ...

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The solution, a 1,124-word APA format essay covers all the points necessary to discuss, analyse and explain the points presented in the problem, specifically how modernization is manifested in present-day American society. Modernization as a continuing trend in the US and worldwide is also discussed including its consequences. The solution uses theorist Emile Durkheim's ideas on division of labor and specialization is used as a perspective from which to view modernization. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.