Thesis on Impact of Modernization on Indigenous Youth

For the past 200 years, the world has been changing at a pace of unthinkable at any time in previous human history. This progress of change began with what is recognized as the industrial revolution, and spread out through whole over the world in the form of modernization. Since modernization deals with social change from agrarian societies to industrial ones, it is important to look at the technological viewpoint. New technologies do not change societies by itself. Rather, it is the response to technology that causes change. Frequently, Technology makes it possible for a more innovated society and broad social change. What becomes of this is a dramatic change through the centuries that has evolved socially, industrially, and economically, summed up by the term modernization. Modernization is a holistic-concept used in sociology and politics. According to theories of modernization, each society would evolve inexorably from barbarism to ever greater levels of development and civilization.
Ethnic communities are an integral part of our civilization, yet there are differences with the mainstream population in resisting change. In the course of time, modern technology causes identical changes in these ethnic communities, especially in their cultures. Changes in the ethnic or indigenous population of Bangladesh began in the post-colonial period, and are the result of industrialization and modernization mainly. In the case of Bangladesh, the effect of industrialization is not much applicable for these changes; rather it is modernization that has brought them about. The ethnic communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) serve a classic example of native technologies of livelihood becoming victims of the negative aspects of modern technologies. They struggle between traditionalism and modernism, and are caught between change and resistance.

Obviously true that, young generation is the most progressive part of any group of people. Youth is the period between childhood and adulthood, described as the period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to maturity and early adulthood.

The word ‘youth’ demands a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life ease. It is a period of time to take easily any change or to resist hardly any innovation. Indigenous youth are not exceptional.