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CafeLitt 178: Social Changes

Thu 5 Aug 2010, 19:00, by Ali Paknezhad, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
Do societies follow a defined pattern of change? Are there parameters which could guide the social scientist to assess the change, or the social activist to substantiate the change in their society?

Does the prevalent model of change in advanced industrial societies can be juxtaposed to other less technologically advanced non western societies? What are the strength and weakness of Historical sociology? Can sociologist make previsions with regards to the future of a society or should they leave the task to prophets?

In his classical introductory book on general sociology, Guy Rocher answers some of these questions and delineates the fundamental concepts of sociology namely with regards to social actor, social structure and social change.

In this session a summery of the third section of this book, social change and historical sociology will be presented.

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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