ARTICLE TITLE: The Dynamics of Rises and Breakdowns of Societies: Toward a Covering Paradigm
AUTHORS: Rozov N.
ABSTRACT: The paper presents a sketch of the covering paradigm of macrosocial dynamics which is used to explain opposite vectors: rises and breakdowns of societies via basic human needs, laws and mechanisms of social relations and institutions formation, interactive rituals, attitudes and habitus, cultural symbols, and common principles of dynamics. The phase model includes negative challenges (damages, threats); positive challenges (opportunities); different types of response strategies (the pattern of trust and the pattern of alienation); primary and accompanying conditions, that either reinforce or undermine these patterns. This general conceptual construction is not a theory, but it connects a lot of existing and potential theories of social and historical change, that is, it has the status of the covering paradigm (in memory to ‘covering laws’ by K. Hempel).
KEYWORDS: historical dynamics encompassing paradigm , flourishing society , the disintegration of society , historical patterns , basic needs , rituals , challenges and responses , plant habitus , confidence , alienation , conflict , competition , cooperation
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