A Sociological Model of Societal Collapse

in Comparative Sociology
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Abstract

In his best-selling book Collapse, Jared Diamond employs a five-point framework that can be used to predict a society’s likelihood of declining from prosperity. These five points include 1. environmental damage, 2. climate change, 3. hostile neighbors, 4. friendly trade partners, and 5. a society’s response to its environmental problems. This paper re-interprets Jared Diamond’s model of societal collapse by using a sociological lens. Previous work in theoretical sociology is applied to Diamond’s framework to produce a predictive model of societal collapse. A path model and formal propositions are provided.

A Sociological Model of Societal Collapse

in Comparative Sociology

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