In this chapter, then, I am concerned primarily with extending
the theory of functional analysis to deal with problems of social and cultural
change. As I have noted elsewhere, the great concern of functional
sociologists and anthropologists with problems of "social order" and with
the "maintenance" of social systems has generally focused their scientific
attention on the study of processes whereby a social system is preserved
largely intact. In general, they have not devoted much attention
to the processes utilizable for determinate basic changes in social structure.
If the analysis in Chapter VI does not materially advance toward its solution,
at the very least it recognizes this as a significant problem. It
is oriented toward problems of social dynamics and change (1968, p. 176).