In this chapter, we will discuss the following important topics.

  • Changing material culture
  • Moral economy


Change is the only constant thing in this world. Just like seasons, life and people changes too. Our culture is constantly changing. This doesn't always happen in an “obvious” way–developments in material culture have a domino effect on non-material culture that isn't always immediately visible. Change in material things like railroads or cellphones creates new opportunities, and cultures evolve when new concepts are introduced into a culture, for example, as a result of diffusion or globalization. Most sociologists ...

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