social change

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1 The process of altered status, values, behavior, and mode of speech and dress that accompany social mobility.

2 The alteration of a society as its level of wealth and other resources changes. This is normally a slow process from one generation to the next, documented by social historians. It may be accelerated by extraneous events, for example the great increase in female participation in the wage-earning workforce in World War II that was accompanied by other rapid changes in nutritional status and in sexual and other health-related behavior.

Subjects: Archaeology — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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