Sociology Colloquium, 4/7/2021
All Societies Die: How to Keep Hope Alive
Dr. Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University
No society has ever lived longer than 1000 years. Most societies do not make it that long. If we date the current Euro-American World System from its inception in the late fourteenth century – our current world system is 650 years old. At best, we are middle aged. At worst, old.
Societal death is a normal process. This talk will review the general literature in macrosociology, identifying the crisis tendencies the modern world system faces. I avoid the standard sociological cliches. I make no reference to any internal contradictions of capitalism. Adverse ecological change plays at best a minor role.
There are other threats that have taken down societies in the past. We are not immune to any of them.
April 7, 2021
Meeting ID: 969 4306 0311
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