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Social systems

  • 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...

  • Der selbständige Mensch und die Konstruktion seiner eigenen Welt.by Klaus-Peter Reuthal; Harry Reinhardt

    Duncker & Humblot 2013; US$ 27.95

    Die Autoren lassen mit Hilfe unterschiedlicher Theorien wie Konstruktivismus, System- und Kommunikationstheorie ein konsistentes Bild der menschlichen Wahrnehmung entstehen. Ziel ist es zu zeigen, dass die individuelle Wahrnehmung eine eigene Welt kreiert, die man jedoch durch eine andere Wahrnehmung jederzeit ändern kann. Werden hierfür im ersten... more...

  • Legitimization in World Societyby Aldo Mascareño; 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...

  • Routledge International Handbook of World-Systems Analysisby Salvatore Babones; Christopher Chase-Dunn

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 225.00

    Its long-term historical insights on globalization and its crises make world-systems analysis an indispensable tool for our time. The Handbook of World-Systems Analysis is the first comprehensive review of the field. It builds on over four decades of scholarship and includes contributions from a global, interdisciplinary group of more than 80 world-systems... more...

  • The Radical Luhmannby Hans-Georg Moeller

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 25.99

    In The Radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. Boldly breaking with the heritage of Western thought, Luhmann denied the central role of humans in social theory, particularly the possibility of autonomous agency. In this way, after... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalismby Duncan Ivison

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 170.00

    This Companion brings together a collection of new essays by leading and emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences on some of the key issues facing multiculturalism today. It offers scholars and students a clear account of the leading theories and critiques of multiculturalism that have developed over the past twenty-five years and a... 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...