Virtually all major social theorists have seen the expectancies and predictions of received social theory violated by emergent patterns of social and institutional organization. They have seen social, economic and political revolutions transform the character of the societies in which they lived.
They have noted the rise of new institutions and classes. ”
To social analysts, living in the midst of changes in the organizing principles of modern social orders, understanding these events has been and remains a perplexing problem that is not comprehensible in terms of received theory. Seen from this perspective, social theory has been a continuous attempt to find patterns and meanings that might help clarify, interpret, order, and understand the maze of events which from the perception of laymen would otherwise be incomprehensible.