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Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Year : 2013, Volume : 3, Issue : 12
First page : ( 216) Last page : ( 226)
Online ISSN : 2249-7315.

Conceptualizing Social Dynamics in the Present Scenario

Qadir Heena

Doctoral Student, Discipline of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi, India

Online published on 6 December, 2013.

Abstract

The sociology of social dynamics or change has always been the product of times of flux, and the unmatched dynamics of our period, that is already reflected in the revitalization of theories of change. Social dynamics has been the area of focus for both classical sociologists as well as that of modern social theorists due to its everlasting essence and presence in every type of society. The concept of social dynamics constitutes a fundamental issue and challenge to all academic disciplines in general and to the subject of sociology in particular. Persistent change appears to be a compelling characteristic of modern societies, just as permanence and order appeared to characterize pre-modern societies. Yet, sociologists have not always agreed upon the mechanisms underlying social dynamics observed in the last two centuries.

Social dynamics is such an encompassing phenomena, that it is very difficult to draw out its nature in the exact form. Various scholars and social theorists looked upon the matter from different angle of prism and highlighted its particular features. The existence of differences in cultural backgrounds causes dynamics and brings either positive or negative impact to the community. It is the resultant of the interaction of lot many indicators or factors. All of these are inter-related or intertwined and operate in combination with each other to stimulate a particular social change. The indicators of social dynamics affect every aspect of society across the world. On a macro scale, they shape all of our major social institutions like economics, politics, religion, family, education, science, technology, military, legal system and so on. On a micro scale they shape our values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors and influence the totality of our life.

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Keywords

Social Dynamics, Culture, Technology, Modernization, Urbanization.

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