Comparative American Indian Societies
Analyze the possibilities of social change for Native American societies as viewed by
the three arguments of world view, and cultural and institutional differentiation. The
paper should discuss the possibilities of endogenously generated social change for
American Indian societies before colonial contact.
Discuss two significant comparative aspects of world view
that may contribute to understanding patterns of change in Indian cultures (for
example select from the lecture discussion two comparison points such as: thisworldly
versus other-worldly orientations, holistic versus dualistic world views,
differences in views of sin and guilt versus salvation, or views of harmony versus
domination of the environment; or other comparative points). Give an example to
support your argument and provide supporting citations to ethnographic materials
Discuss orientations of conservatism derived
from the relations of cultural differentiation found in many American Indian societies.
Be sure discuss the theory of differentiation of cultural elements [the nondifferentiation
Briefly explain the theory of institutional
differentiation and the possibilities of social change. Discuss how the relations of
institutional differentiation among culture, polity, economy and community affect the
possibilities of change in American Indian societies. Give an example and provide
citations drawn from the readings. Explain how the configuration of institutional
differentiation affects social change orientations within indigenous nations. Make a
conclusion about institutional differentiation and the possibilities for social change in
Analyze the synergistic effects of world view and the differentiation of
cultural elements and differentiation of institutional relations in terms of social
change and continuity. Develop a multi-dimensional argument, which will be the
conclusion of the paper, about the orientations toward social change and
conservatism found within many Native American societies based on a synergistic
use of all three major arguments analyzed in sections 1, 2 and 3.
Develop a critique of the conservatism argument-conclusion. Point out at
least one significant weaknesses in above argument-conclusion for understanding
processes of social change in American Indian societies.