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Title

Modern American rock climbing: Some aspects of social change

Abstract

Modern American rock climbing is characterized by (1) a motivation or reward structure that encourages the continual creation of new climbs, and (2) a finite and exhaustible medium in which to create them. These two characteristics provide a theoretical explanation for the pattern of deliberate normative change observed in climbing. The theory can be modeled by a simple differential equation, which is shown to be generally consistent with time series data for a number of American climbing areas. On the basis of the theory, predictions about future normative changes are suggested. It is possible that the theory may be generalized to other social activities sharing the two characteristics mentioned above, such as science.

Publication Date

7-1-1979

Journal Title

Sociological Perspectives

Publisher

Sage

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1388760

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 1979 Pacific Sociological Association

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