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The Resource Theory of society, Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Rhodes Barrett

Theory of society, Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Rhodes Barrett

Label
Theory of society
Title
Theory of society
Statement of responsibility
Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Rhodes Barrett
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"This first volume of Niklas Luhmann's two-part final work was initially published in German in 1997. The culmination of his thirty-year theoretical project to reconceptualize sociology, it offers a comprehensive description of modern society on a scale not attempted since Talcott Parsons. Beginning with an account of the fluidity of meaning and the accordingly high improbability of successful communication, Luhmann analyzes a range of communicative media, including language, writing, the printing press, and electronic media as well as "success media," such as money, power, truth, and love, all of which structure this fluidity and make communication possible. An investigation into the ways in which social systems produce and reproduce themselves, the book asks what gives rise to functionally differentiated social systems, how they evolve, and how social movements, organizations, and patterns of interaction emerge. The advent of the computer and its networks, which trigger potentially far-reaching processes of restructuring, receive particular attention. A concluding chapter on the semantics of modern society's self-description bids farewell to the outdated theoretical approaches of "old Europe," that is, to ontological, holistic, ethical, and critical interpretations of society, and argues that concepts such as "the nation," "the subject," and "postmodernity" are vastly overrated. In their stead, "society"--Long considered a suspicious term by sociologists, one open to all kinds of reification--is defined in purely operational terms. It is the always uncertain answer to the question of what comes next in all areas of communication."--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
COO
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1927-1998
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Luhmann, Niklas
Dewey number
301
Index
index present
LC call number
HM590
LC item number
.L84513 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cultural memory in the present
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sociology
  • Social systems
  • Communication
Label
Theory of society, Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Rhodes Barrett
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in German under the title Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Society as social system. The sociological theory of society ; Preliminary remarks on methodology ; Meaning ; The distinction between system and environment ; Society as a comprehensive social system ; Operational closure and structural couplings ; Cognition ; Ecological problems ; Complexity ; World Society ; Demands on rationality. -- Communication media. Medium and form ; Dissemination media and success media ; Language ; Morality and the secrets of religion ; Writing ; Printing ; Electronic media ; Dissemination media: summary ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 1: function ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 2: differentiation ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 3:structures ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 4:self-validation ; Moral communication ; Effects on the evolution of the societal system. -- Evolution. Creation, planning, evolution ; Systems-theoretical basis ; The Neo-Darwinian theory of evolution ; The variation of elements ; Selection through media ; The restabilization of systems ; Differentiation of variation, selection, and destabilization ; Evolutionary advances ; Technology ; The evolution of ideas ; The evolution of subsystems ; Evolution and history ; Memory
Control code
794036277
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780804739498
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)794036277
Label
Theory of society, Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Rhodes Barrett
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in German under the title Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Society as social system. The sociological theory of society ; Preliminary remarks on methodology ; Meaning ; The distinction between system and environment ; Society as a comprehensive social system ; Operational closure and structural couplings ; Cognition ; Ecological problems ; Complexity ; World Society ; Demands on rationality. -- Communication media. Medium and form ; Dissemination media and success media ; Language ; Morality and the secrets of religion ; Writing ; Printing ; Electronic media ; Dissemination media: summary ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 1: function ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 2: differentiation ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 3:structures ; Symbolically generalized communication media, 4:self-validation ; Moral communication ; Effects on the evolution of the societal system. -- Evolution. Creation, planning, evolution ; Systems-theoretical basis ; The Neo-Darwinian theory of evolution ; The variation of elements ; Selection through media ; The restabilization of systems ; Differentiation of variation, selection, and destabilization ; Evolutionary advances ; Technology ; The evolution of ideas ; The evolution of subsystems ; Evolution and history ; Memory
Control code
794036277
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780804739498
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)794036277

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