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Social Transformations : A General Theory of Historical Development - Stephen K. Sanderson

Social Transformations

A General Theory of Historical Development

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In Social Transformations: A General Theory of Historical Development Stephen K. Sanderson develops a general theory of social evolution and uses it to explain the most important evolutionary transformations in human history and prehistory. In this expanded edition Sanderson has added a discussion of the biological constraints acting on humans that have helped to push social evolution along strikingly similar lines throughout the world. The new discussion places the theoretical arguments of Social Transformations in the context of an even more comprehensive theory of human social behavior.

Among much interesting recent work in historical sociology there has been nothing more ambitious than this book by sociologist Stephen Sanderson... Whatever the future of 'evolutionary materialism' may be, Sanderson has done much to justify the enterprise of historical sociology and his work can be recommended without reserve to both sociologists and historians. History and Theory The book provides even-handed, comprehensible accounts of the questions under dispute and of the contributions made by various synthesizers to resolution of those questions. As a historiographic and synthetic complement to a conventional world history, Social Transformations would serve teachers quite well. Canadian Journal of History With this book Stephen Sanderson has presented a profound, richly detailed, and erudite analysis of worldwide social evolution over the past 10,000 years... This comprehensive, authoritative and readable volume is a major contribution to the theory of societal development. I would strongly recommend this book for advanced courses on social change, comparative social systems, and historical sociology. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology

Prefacep. x
Preface to the Expanded Editionp. xiii
Evolutionary Materialism: A General Theory of Historical Developmentp. 1
The Theoretical Strategy of volutionary Materialismp. 3
Evolutionary Materialism and World Historyp. 17
The Neolithic Revolutionp. 20
Hunter-Gatherer Societies Before 10,000 bpp. 20
The Worldwide Transition to Agriculturep. 23
Explaining the Worldwide Transition to Agriculturep. 34
Conclusionsp. 49
The Origin of Civilization and the Statep. 53
A Typology of Sociopolitical Evolutionp. 53
The Origin of Civilization and the State as a Process of Parallel Evolutionp. 58
Explaining the Origin of Civilization and the Statep. 68
The Pace of State Evolutionp. 86
Coda: Reconstructing Social Evolution Using the Comparative Methodp. 88
Agrarian States and their Evolutionary Dynamicsp. 96
Social Change in Agrarian Statesp. 98
Agrarian States as Precapitalist World-Systemsp. 113
Social Devolution and the Collapse of Agrarian Statesp. 125
Conclusion: The Evolutionary Dynamics of Agrarian Statesp. 132
The Capitalist Revolution and the Beginnings of the Modern Worldp. 134
Feudalism in World Historyp. 135
The Nature of Capitalismp. 138
The Origins of European Capitalismp. 141
The Japanese Transition from Feudalism to Capitalismp. 147
Theories of the Transition to Capitalismp. 155
A New Interpretationp. 168
The Evolution of the Modern World, I: The Expanding and Evolving Modern World-Systemp. 181
The Structure and Dynamics of the Modern World-Systemp. 181
The Evolution of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1500-1995p. 186
Hegemony in the World-Economyp. 196
Development and Underdevelopment in the World-Systemp. 203
Some Test Casesp. 218
The Interstate System: The Political Side of the Modern World-Systemp. 235
The Evolution of the Modern World, II: The Emergence of the Institutions of Modernityp. 244
Industrialization in the West and Japanp. 244
The Rise and Demise of State Socialismp. 257
Stratification and Mobility in the Age of Modernityp. 270
The Evolution of the Modern Statep. 285
The Emergence and Expansion of Mass Educationp. 304
The Scientific Revolution and the Development of Modern Sciencep. 317
The Emergence of a Postindustrial Society?p. 332
The Question of Progressp. 336
Before the Rise of Modern Capitalismp. 337
After the Rise of Modern Capitalismp. 346
Conclusionsp. 356
The Evolving Futurep. 358
A Futuristic Scenario: W. Warren Wagarp. 359
The Challenges: Population Growth and Ecological Degradationp. 361
The Challenges: Nuclear Warp. 367
The Challenges: A World Statep. 369
The Challenges: Capitalism, Socialism, or Barbarism?p. 370
The Crisis and Collapse of Capitalist-Sensate Culturep. 375
Theoretical Reprisep. 381
Afterword to the Expanded Edition: Biological Constraints on Social Evolutionp. 403
Referencesp. 429
Indexp. 464
About the Authorp. 479
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ISBN: 9780847691876
ISBN-10: 084769187X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 28th May 1999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.81