The Relation of Welfare and Development: Systems and Ideo-Existential Aspects
The degree of change now taking place in the contemporary world is of an order as great as that occurring when large-scale societies with written languages first arose on the basis of agricultural settlements. This ushered in what Kenneth Boulding (1966) has referred to as the era of ‘civilization’ which, having lasted some 5,000 years, is beginning to give place to a new type of social order. Noting that the most critical single change during the period of civilization was the transition from pre-industrial to industrial societies, Daniel Bell (1965) has won acceptance for the term ‘the post-industrial society’—originally suggested by Riesman (1958)—to indicate the character of the emerging society. In post-industrialism the available technology will no longer absorb the bulk of the energies of most of the people.
KeywordsIndustrial Society Social Ecology Redundant Part Uneven Change Adaptive Planning
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