Use of science and technology as a tool of social change
Dr. Rajbir Singh
Sociological approaches such as William Ogburn’s theory of social change, which asserts that technology is the basic cause of social change are fully explored and applied in this discourse. A great deal of effort is made in this paper to identify the many and varied existing forms of technology and the effects changed technology has on society and culture.
The major characteristic of traditional and modern societies are also brought to the lime light in a bid to show the major cultural changes that have occurred or are occurring in society.
The computer, for example is changing the way people practice medicine, learn, work and how they relate or even think. The information superhighway is likely to perpetuate social inequalities at both national and global levels. The article also avers that besides technology, capitalism and modernization, theories such as the conflict and evolutionary help sociologists to account for the phenomena of social change a shift in the characteristics of culture and Society. It is important to point out that this paper is embedded in a Western understanding of technologies and its impact on society.