The Emerging Structure of World Society
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In characterizing the modern era, one is greatly tempted to see a relatively sharp break with much of what had gone before in human history. One of the hallmarks of modern or developed societies is the presence of a fairly standard array of institutional structures and the wide diffusion of the forms and processes characteristic of their operation. Medieval society could reasonably be encompassed by reference to the state, the church, the military, the town and its special classes, the manor, and the peasant villages. Substantial and rather convincing documentation is available, indicating that worldwide family patterns are converging on a norm common to urban-industrial societies. There are clearly many other realms of attitude and value that are independent of the industrial organizational complex common to advanced nations The influence of cultural traditions or national history may more strongly affect attitudes concerning democracy, social distance, and stratification.