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Week 3 Lecture 1 – Sept. 23 , 2013 The Great Transformation: The Rise of Modern Economies The new economy and its path of development - Transition of new economies o The path of historical development that took place as industrial societies formed o The differences between the industrial economy and feudal economies  All societies have economies who function it is to provide the necessities of life by economic production Preliminaries and Basic assumptions - Early sociology discovered that societies were made up of a social framework the existed outside the individual o This framework appeared in the form of structured social institutions that patterned the activity as all societies engage in the productive work o This made it evident that societies from by some pattern of social and historical development, not by accident Some major assumptions - The discovery of the social framework meant that society was to be treated as a subject matter in its own right separate from the individual. This is our point of departure from psychology, which studies the individual. - In order to examine the social framework we look at distinct types of societies o Tribal, ancient, feudal, and industrial - We use the sociological perspective to identify patterns of social and historical development and patterns in society and history Basic Assumptions - Each society has its own economy, its own class system and its own religious and family institutions o Sociology studies the relationship between the structure of society and the pattern of social activity of the population, and it leaves to psychology the individual basis of human behaviour The economic transformation of society - Earlier we said that sociology studies the economic changes ta
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