First Steps in Developing a General Sociological Theory

  • Jonathan H. Turner


If there was a “Big-Bang” in the evolution of the social universe, it occurred when individuals abandoned their nomadic ways in small bands of hunter-gatherers and settled down in more permanent communities, forcing humans to create new kinds of sociocultural formations, or die. Much like the “Big Bang” that initiated the physical universe as we know it, population growth increased the scale of the social universe; and as size and complexity of societies increased, the forces driving the formation of social reality became ever-more evident. These forces had always been present, but their valences were low in the simple societies in which humans had lived for well over 95% of their time on earth.


Social Reality Conceptual Scheme Stratification System Empirical Regularity Empirical Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California at RiversideRiversideUSA

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