Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology


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The idea of sociocultural evolution describes _____.

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1. Jose grew up in a society that was not completely settled and that relied primarily on the resources readily available from their animals. He grew up in which of the following types of societies?

2. Gerhard Lenski was considered a macrosociologist, because he studied _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will check your understanding of the idea that the development and changes of societies were determined by the ways in which each used the information and technology it possessed. You'll be quizzed on a number of the characteristics of Lenski's theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Definition of sociocultural evolution
  • Type of society dependent on the domestication of animals
  • Focus of a macrosociologist's study
  • Number of societal types, according to Lenski
  • Lenski's assertion of the element most crucial to the survival of a society

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about societal evolution in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as macrosociology and sociocultural evolution
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of societies

Additional Learning

To learn more about the evolution of societies, review the accompanying lesson titled Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define Lenski's opinion of the importance of technology in the development of society
  • Examine the various society types as Lenski defined them
  • Recognize the stage of society in which we find ourselves today
  • Discuss what Lenski thought would become of a society that did not put technology to use