Frank W. Elwell
Dr. Frank W. Elwell Professor of Sociology Dean of Liberal Arts Rogers State University
His Bio: Dr. Frank W. Elwell received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, Masters degrees from the University at Albany (sociology) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (political science/education), and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University (history/ education). He is the author of the books
- Macrosociology: The Study of Sociocultural Systems (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009)
- Macrosociology: Four Modern Theorists Paradigm Publishers (2006)
- Macrosociology: Four Modern Theorists (Paradigm, 2006), A Commentary on Malthus’s 1798 Essay on Population as Social Theory (Edwin Mellen Press, 2001)
- Industrializing America: Understanding Contemporary Society through Classical Sociological Analysis (Praeger Press, 1999)
- The Evolution of the Future (Praeger Press, 1991).
His areas of academic interest are evolutionism in sociology, human ecology, and social theory.
http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/users/f/felwell/www/Ecology/PDFs/Pastoralism.pdf e.g., Religion of Pastoralists e.g., High gods: "This belief seems to have been suggested by the pastoralists' experience of the relationship between themselves and their flocks. The modern religions based on this view of the relationship between human beings and god-- Judaism and its offshoots, Christianity and Islam-- originated among pastoral peoples" "Pastoral peoples tend to develop a belief that is found in very few religions; they commonly believe in a God or gods who take active interest in human affairs and look after the people who worship them."