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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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There, it attracted a group of young Marxists dissatisfied with monistic and unilinear interpretations of their belief system.
The first premise is that, despite the good intention of many African political leaders, African states and African ruling elites in continuously being guided or misguided to copy, or directly or indirectly imitate the European experience and its "unilinear models" of political development, Africa will never develop organically and ontologically out of Euro-American history, its languages and its metaphysics, regardless of the quality of its imitations.
Instead of a unilinear approach, it should pursue a multi-angular foreign policy to reduce competition and confrontation in the Indian Ocean and to ensure the success of CPEC.
He wondered if the approach had been insufficiently complex and too "unilinear," placing too much emphasis on "distance between generations" and underappreciating "fragmentation and diversity in New York Jewish life." In contrast, most reviews praised At Home in America for its breadth of research and its fusion of religious, social, economic, educational, gender, and institutional histories into a coherent, insightful narrative, and they also never mentioned the generational issue.
Since Stalin constantly monitored and reshaped the pillars of his power--the secret police, the Party, and, later, the military--there was great consistency, even a unilinear logic behind the political methods of his one-person rule.
They make a case for the Caribbean as a distinct cultural area and challenge traditional unilinear evolutionary models for understanding the emergence of Caribbean societies.
"The history of mountaineering in Canada," Reichwein writes, "is not a unilinear process of sport 'progress' or a 'coming of age,' but a diverse and contested field of ongoing social relations interacting in specific times and places as a dynamic site of culture" (p.
In so doing, I hope to challenge standard descriptions of seventeenth-century state-building as a unilinear, inexorable process, and to call attention to ways in which religious convictions continued to find powerful expression in the lives of Swiss villagers independent of state control.
The "myth" of a unilinear modernization process is treated similarly.
O autor aponta a inter e a transdisciplinaridade como desafio, propondo substituir um pensamento que separa por um pensamento que une, o que exige a substituicao da causalidade unilinear e unidimensional por uma causalidade em circulo e multirreferencial, assim como substituir a rigidez da logica classica por uma dialogica capaz de conceber nocoes ao mesmo tempo complementares e antagonicas.