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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Springer Fachmedien 2009; US$ 39.99