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What are the consequences of modernization?

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Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached an excellent article of the affects of modernization on the family. I hope this helps and take care.


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1. What are the consequences of modernization?

The literature suggests consequences in several areas (both positive and negative), such as:

1). Health consequences of modernization
E.g., sedentary lifestyle leads to a lack of exercise and obesity and related diseases, see http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3659/is_199710/ai_n8775028.

Also, it is reported that modernization has lead to industrial type diseases for employees and to an increase in diseases caused by polluted air and water.

2). Political consequences of modernization e.g., restricted political freedom

People's capacity to give meaning and direction to social life is an essential dimension of political freedom. Yet many citizens of Western democracies believe that this freedom has become quite restricted. They feel they are at the mercy of anonymous structures and processes over which they have little control, structures and processes that present them with options and realities they might not have chosen if they had any real choice. As a result, political interest declines and political cynicism flourishes. The underlying cause of the powerlessness pervading the current political system could be modernization. Taking the work of Max Weber, Karl ...

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This solution discusses six consequences of modernization e.g. social, economic, family, etc. Supplemented with one article on the implications of modernization on the family.

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Discussion of modern to postmodern society

Concerning the social change and the future this IP explores views of social change and its impact on individuals, social institutions, the world of work and society.

Using the assigned readings as a basis for your understanding, respond to the following (be specific):

What were the main concerns of Tonnies, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber on the future?
What is modernity? What is Postmodernity? What difference does it make for the individual and society if we're moving into the "postmodern age"?
What proposals have been offered, or are being offered, to make the transition from modern to postmodern society less stressful on individuals, families, and the workplace?

What will life in the U.S. be in 10 years? What will the world of work be like in the next 10 years? Both questions go hand-in-hand. And right now, as you read this, social change is going on, and, unlike change that has always been with us, social change is accelerating at a rapidly growing pace. Here is a link on the future of work from a think-tank whose job is to make assumptions about the future, the Rand Corporation, that may help you along with this Unit 4 DB.


Also chapter 24 of Sociology Book by Macionis, John. See attachment.

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