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unilinear

of any process of SOCIAL CHANGE or development which always proceeds in a single direction, through the same stages, and with the same results. The concept of unilinearity is actually a redundant one in sociology, for no process of social change is actually (or ever could be) unilinear. However, unilinear assumptions were a prominent feature of much 19th-century social theory. See also EVOLUTIONARY THEORY, DIFFUSION.
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16) For an introduction to nineteenth-century unilinear theories of social evolution, see Robert L.
To extend the analogy, the fresco as History features Carafa and to a much lesser extent, his minion Q, both of whom are representative of a pre-20th-century unilinear vision of history that focuses on a central event or figure (a 19th-century model of narrative).
To a significantly augmented level, Bruce Bennett demonstrates the post-structural self-reflexivity and de-familiarisation of universal, unilinear meaning construction.
Camoes langou mao largamente dessa disponibilidade do soneto, variando a sua construgao frasal, num impulso desde a aparente narrativa unilinear de Sete anos de pastor Jacob servia (CAMOES, Rimas, soneto 30), ate os lamentos magoados de Alma minha gentil, que te partiste (CAMOES, Rimas, soneto 80).
Another difference from Marxism, springing from the rejection of Hegelian conceptions of a unilinear and progressive history is Foucault's distain for utopian ideas which aim for the realization of a perfected or harmonious future society.
Writing as a cultural invention tends towards a unilinear perspective whereas in an oral-based culture (I don't like the construction) speaking is much more tied to the stream of life.
However, the Soviet grasp of ethnography stemmed, as did that of Marx and Engels, from the simplistic, unilinear evolution of Lewis Henry Morgan.
The resultant barren-ness is not unilinear, since the production of tourist guides like the Lonely Planet, which manage to ossify the place, the people and the prices, exist alongside powerful regional business interests that present only the Hunza Valley as a worthy destination in the region, thus precluding outsiders from engaging with the local outside of the central point on a tourist map.
This unilinear cultural evolution advocated by Spencer and others assumes "that all human societies past and present develop along a single or unilinear path" (evolutionary line).
It became a system of thought that promised universal unilinear progress to the bounties of communism after capitalism is overthrown.
Mountain people have been typically cast along with non-Western peoples as the Other in the modern paradigm, representatives of an earlier traditional era at one end of a unilinear continuum with modern Western society marking civilization's progress at the other end.