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ERIC Number: ED073336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 25
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The Agent of Change: The Agent of Conflict.
Hatfield, C. R., Jr.
This speech examines the role of change agents in third world societies and indicates that the change agent must, to some extent, manipulate the social situation, even if his view of society is a more optimistic one than he finds in reality. If he considers strains and stresses to be the lubricants of change, then his focus on conflict as a mechanism of change comes more easily. Although in pursuing directed change a conflict model of society is considered theoretically more satisfying and practically more realistic, this model does not provide guidance in controlling or utilizing knowledge and skills (nor, actually, does the functionally integrated view of society). But it does provide a different view of the future than the functional model, a future always changing, societies always experiencing stresses, individuals always negotiating relationships. If in utopian terms this is an unpleasant view, it does instruct us practically to foster the growth of individuals and groups possessing those qualities that will ensure their survival. The ethics of the change agent as agent of conflict has its foundation here. (Author/KM)
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Note: Preliminary draft prepared for presentation at Seminar 10, Third World Congress for Rural Sociology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 22-27, 1972