|Trigger, Bruce G.|
Calculation and Contingency
New Perspectives on the Past
1. Edition March 1998
1998. 324 Pages, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-55786-977-7 - John Wiley & Sons
Sociocultural evolution is the most important concept that hasguided social science thought over the past 300 years. Throughoutthis time it has, however, been fiercely contested and has changedas it has slowly discarded the providential concerns thatoriginally characterized it. This book traces the gradualdevelopment of the concept of sociocultural evolution and relateshow it is currently understood, and misunderstood, to the majorpolitical and cultural debates of the present day.
The author examines, in particular, issues relating toneo-conservative socioeconomic policy and postmodernism, which heregards as the chief cultural expression of transnationalcapitalism. He argues that continued sociocultural developmentrequires a greater degree of planning than ever before in humanhistory and far more general participation in the planning processthan has been possible or attempted in the past. SocioculturalEvolution will be welcomed by students of anthropology,history, and archaeology, as well as general readers interested inthe concerns surrounding further technological development andsocial change.