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Department
Actuarial Science
Course
ACTSC 232
Professor
Stefan Idziak
Semester
Fall

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Technology and social change Where does change begin? Individual or technology? Traditional theories say that change in society is brought about by an individual who shares an idea with their community (starts at the individual level) Technological determinism Theory that states that change is initiated by technology rather than the individual Brought about by American economist/social theorist Thorstein Veblen The problem: people believe that they (not technology) make their own destiny Many scholars try to combine the traditional and modern theories regarding social change and technology Anthro theory of social change and technology Cultural change/adaptation from diffusion and acculturation (sharing of diff. technologies) Change occurs gradually (b/c societies need stability) b
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