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  • Managing Complexityby Dirk Helbing

    Springer 2007; US$ 129.00

    Each chapter in Managing Complexity focuses on analyzing real-world complex systems and transferring knowledge from the complex-systems sciences to applications in business, industry and society. The interdisciplinary contributions range from markets and production through logistics, traffic control, and critical infrastructures, up to network design,... more...

  • Innovation in Complex Social Systemsby Petra Ahrweiler

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 49.95

    Innovation is the creation of new, technologically feasible, commercially realisable products and processes and, if things go right, it emerges from the ongoing interaction of innovative organisations such as universities, research institutes, firms, government agencies and venture capitalists. Innovation in Complex Social Systems uses a "hard... more...

  • Drift into Failureby Sidney Dekker

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 29.95

    This book explores complexity theory and systems thinking to better understand how complex systems drift into failure. It studies sensitive dependence on initial conditions, unruly technology, tipping points, diversity - and finds that failure emerges opp more...

  • Luhmann Explainedby Hans-Georg Moeller

    Open Court 2011; US$ 39.00

    What are systems? What is society? What happens to human beings in a hypermodern world? This book is an introduction to Niklas Luhmann's social system theory which explains specific functions like economy and mass media from a cybernetic perspective. Integrating various schools of thought including sociology, philosophy and biology Luhmann Explained... more...

  • The Dawning Age of Cooperationby Gordon E. Moss

    Algora Publishing 2011; US$ 22.95

    Rugged individualism is great for legendary heroes, but does it really shape a society that can endure for the long term? A massive social transformation is underway, driven by technology; it requires and is pushing us toward a cooperative culture. Our American competitive, individualistic culture is outmoded and increasingly ineffective. This book... more...

  • Legitimization in World Societyby Aldo Mascareņo; Kathya Araujo

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 109.95

    From a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book explores the manner in which legitimization can be constructed by people, groups or institutions under the contemporary pressures and possibilities of modern world society. Drawing on cosmopolitan theory, postcolonial sociology, systems theory, and historical sociology, it engages... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychologyby Thomas M. Holtgraves

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 149.99

    Language pervades everything we do as social beings. It is, in fact, difficult to disentangle language from social life, and hence its importance is often missed. The emergence of new communication technologies makes this even more striking. People come to "know" one another through these interactions without ever having met face-to-face.... more...

  • Collective Beingsby Gianfranco Minati; Eliano Pessa

    Springer 2006; US$ 179.00

    Collective behaviors play a fundamental role in many scientific and technical disciplines. This book introduces the concept of Collective Being as a Multiple System established by processes of emergence and self-organization of the same agents simultaneously or dynamically interacting in different ways. more...

  • Accountability Without Democracyby Lily L. Tsai

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 28.00

    How citizens get government officials to provide them with public services in rural China. more...

  • Children and Citizenshipby Antonella Invernizzi; Jane Williams

    SAGE Publications 2007; US$ 57.00

    `This collection...is outstanding. It has an excellent grasp of the field' - Jens Qvortrup, Professor of Sociology, University of Trondheim This book offers a contemporary and critical approach to notions of children's citizenship. Drawing on different disciplinary perspectives and including contributions by leading scholars in the field,... more...