First Published in 2005. The following study analyses several sequences of differentiation and a attempt to apply social theory to history. Such an analysis naturally calls for two components: (1) a segment of social theory; and (2) an empirical instance of change. For the first the author has selected a model of social change from a developing general theory of action; for the second, the British industrial revolution between 1770 and 1840. From this large revolution is the isolated the growth of the cotton industry and the transformation of the family structure of its working classes.

chapter I|6 pages


chapter II|14 pages

Some Empty Theoretical Boxes

chapter III|29 pages

Filling The Boxes

chapter IV|30 pages

Structural Differentiation In Spinning

chapter VII|29 pages

Structural Differentiation In Weaving

chapter VIII|22 pages

Refilling The Boxes

chapter IX|45 pages

Pressures On The Family Division Of Labour

chapter X|40 pages

Symptoms Of Disturbance In The Family

chapter XV|7 pages

Summary Of The Analysis