In the s and s, predictions of societal convergence were most closely associated with modernization theories, which generally held that developing societies will follow a path of economic development similar to that followed by developed societies of the West.
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Although the authors did not specifically mention convergence, their conclusions were fully consistent with the idea of emergent similarities. He describes this as the process by which the principles of the fast food restaurants are coming to dominate more and more sectors of society in the United States as well as the rest of the world.
Grobalization creates a world where: The core notion of convergence theory is that as nations achieve similar levels of economic development they will become more alike in terms of these and other aspects of social life.
However, because the actors sooner or later over-identify with their roles, some of the other attractions go terribly wrong.
Although known as a sociologist, Ritzer never earned a degree in sociology; he was trained in psychology and business. Also worthy of note is that while the authors take the conventional position that convergence is a response to pressures arising from a complex, technologically advanced social and economic system, they also identify diffusion via integration of networks through which ideas, standards, and practices in education are shared.
He has edited three encyclopedias, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. These characteristics led Dorefor example, to argue vigorously against the convergence hypothesis for Japan. Structural-functionalist theorists, such as Parsons and Daviswhile not actually employing the terminology of convergence theory, paved the way for its development and use in modernization studies through their efforts to develop a systematic statement of the functional prerequisites and structural imperatives of modern industrial society; these include an occupational structure based on achievement rather than ascription, and the common application of universalistic rather than particularistic evaluative criteria.
New social theory is created due to the complex study and interpretation of other sociologists. Plot summary[ edit ] England, England is divided into three parts entitled "England", "England, England" and " Anglia ". Other researchers have challenged the idea of convergence in the welfare state.
The third part of the novel, "Anglia", is set decades later and depicts Martha who has returned to a village in Old England after many years of wandering abroad. America has grown to connect the quantity of a product with the quality of a product and that "bigger is better".
In all, Inkeles estimates that only about half the indicators of family life he examined showed any convergence, and even then not always of a linear nature.
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Despite the controversy over, and subsequent disillusionment with, early versions of convergence theory in the study of modernization, and the often mixed results of empirical studies discussed above, it is clear that the concept of societal convergence and convergence theories that allow for the possibility of divergence and invariance provides a useful and potentially powerful analytical framework within which to conduct cross-national studies across a broad range of social phenomena.
Related to this idea is the notion of a relatively fixed pattern of development through which developing nations must pass as they modernize Rostow Some claim that rationalization leads to "more egalitarian" societies.
The final chapter also looks at "The DeMcDonaldization of Society", and concludes that while it is occurring on the surface, McDonaldization is alive and well. Finally, interest in convergence has also been given a boost by various political developments in the s.
The local individuals are able to manipulate their own situation in the world and become creative agents in what products and services are represented in their local environment within the glocalized world. Visiting Professor, University of SalzburgAustria.
`Ritzer here revisits and extends the ground-breaking theory he first fully expounded in in The McDonaldisation of Society, since when he has published a number of papers which take the thesis further and on which this book builds.
The idea that societies move toward a condition of similarity—that they converge in one or more respects—is a common feature of various theories of social change.
The notion that differences among societies will decrease over time can be found in [ ]. `Ritzer here revisits and extends the ground-breaking theory he first fully expounded in in The McDonaldisation of Society, since when he has published a number of papers which take the thesis further and on which this book builds.
England, England is a satirical postmodern novel by Julian Barnes, published and shortlisted for the Booker Prize in While researchers have also pointed out the novel's characteristic dystopian and farcical elements, Barnes himself described the novel as a 'semi-farce'.
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