The following article will focus on change in South Africa before and after 1994 and the disorganisation which it brought to South Africans. South Africa went through a serious of transitions in technology, ecology, the career world, economic progress, norms and value system and in the social and political framework, Prinsloo (1998). Change is mostly seen as a threat; as something negative and as something which is hard to adapt to, thus bringing disorganisation into a situation. In a study it was found that social change involves profound societal transformation that affect the course of history of a group thus bringing disorganisation, Auger, Crush, De la Sablonnie`re, McDonald, and Taylor (2012).
Auger et al. (2012) says that the transition from Apartheid to Democracy had cause a serious of dramatic social changes which some whites viewed as negative and thus resisted. Blacks thought that they would benefit more from the transition but seems that the low working class blacks still do not benefit from the transition. Prinsloo (1998) says that in a study it is proven that all cultural groups suffer from severe trauma when it comes to social change especially after 1994. The people in these groups experience communal life as unsafe, insecure, violent and corrupt. They have a negative perception of the future and the feel insecure and experience state of mistrust. These experiences contributes to tension between racial and ethinic groups and then ultimately to a loss of morals, Prinsloo (1998).
Robert E Park
“We are living in a period . . . of social disorganisation. Everything is in a state of agitation – everything seems to be undergoing change . . . Any form of change that brings any measurable a...
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...fect well-being as it is said that optimists use different strategies to cope in critical life situations than pessimists do. Coetzee and Schreuder (2009) also mention that an optimist will perceive changes as positive and work harder to adapt to them.
In many situations change is perceived as being negative and a threat thus people who encounter change is not always willing to accept that change is inevitable and nothing can be done about it. People tend to be very resistant to change but Blatt (n.d.) mentions that people also tend to perceive change as being a learning experience which they may benefit from. In coping with change individuals must be educated on why change is taking place and what the consequences are. When they are informed they are more willing to accept the change which is suggested and will not let the change disorganise their lives.
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