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Lenski's Five Types of Society

Lenski's Five Types of Society

Author: Paul Hannan
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This lesson will discuss Gerhard Lenski's five types of society; including hunting and gathering, horticultural and pastoral, agriculture, industrialism, and post industrialism.

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Agricultural Society

Societies in which people procure their livelihood using animal driven plows and large-scale cultivation.

Gerhard Lenski

American sociologist who advanced the theory that technology is the most basic driving force in sociocultural evolution.

Horticultural and Pastoral Society

Societies in which people procure their livelihood using hand tools to cultivate crops and domesticated animals.

Hunting and Gathering Society

Societies in which people procure their livelihood through hunting animals with simple tools and gathering naturally occurring vegetation.

Industrial Society

Societies in which people procure their livelihood using machines and advanced sources of energy such as steam, coal, and water.

Post-Industrial Society

Societies in which people procure their livelihood using computer-aided-technology and advanced information processing.