Understanding the world today

A web site of The Global Social Change Research Project

  • This project was created by Gene Shackman, Applied Sociologist.
  • The social change site is an ICAAP supported site.
  • Goal: Bring together knowledge of our social, political and economic world. Where we are, how we got here, and where we are going. A solid understanding of the world is the first step for improving living conditions of all people throughout the world. (Homepage).

What’s new; Reports; Basic Guides; Data Sets; Free Data; Presentations; Theories; Research; Progress; Critical Topics; Free resources /Methods;

How societies change over time /Introduction: This project examines the ways in which societies change over time. 

Specifically, we have present reports on social, economic and political aspects of society, and trends over time in these characteristics.  Through these reports, we intend to present a picture of how society is constructed, and how society changes over time.

We use data sets that are available on the web to describe many different aspects of society, such as basic socio-demographics (i.e., population size, growth, age and urban distribution, infant mortality rate, education), technology (i.e., electricity consumption, telephone mainlines), politics (i.e., political rights, freedom, armed conflict) and communication (tv, radio, newspaper, internet). We also present long term changes in economic growth and population, to place more current changes in context.

It is expected that these reports can serve several purposes:

  • A source, for teachers, students, researchers, policy makers and the general public, of information about social change.
  • Easily accessible reports presenting a comprehensive picture of how societies change.
  • An example for researchers, to see what kind of research is possible, with all of the free data available on the web.
  • A starting point for researchers interested in social change, and for future research by Dr.’s Shackman, Liu and Wang.
  • A way to advance the discipline, by creating collaborations and serving as linking point of longitudinal multinational data.

Detailed Purposes: … (full long texts).

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