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Social systems

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

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 159.99

    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...

  • Gesellschaftstheorie zwischen Autologie und Ontologieby Michael Beetz

    transcript 2014; US$ 29.19

    Anhand des spannungsreichen Wechselspiels von »Autologie« und »Ontologie« arbeitet dieses Buch Konvergenzen und Konfliktlinien des gesellschaftstheoretischen Diskurses heraus. Ausgehend vom ersten expliziten Begründungsversuch der Soziologie durch Auguste Comte problematisiert Michael Beetz die zwischen Sozialtechnologie und soziologischer Aufklärung... more...

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

    Duncker & Humblot 2013; US$ 24.51

    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...

  • The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalismby Mr Duncan Ivison

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; 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...

  • Funktionssysteme der Gesellschaftby Günter Burkart

    VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2012; US$ 39.99

    Der prominent besetzte Band versammelt Beiträge zu den Funktionssystemen der Gesellschaft und diskutiert auf diese Weise die Aktualität der Luhmannschen Systemtheorie. Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Uwe Schimank, Karl-Siegbert Rehberg, Alois Hahn und Hartmut Esser. more...

  • Legitimization in World Societyby Professor Aldo Mascareño; Professor Kathya Araujo; Professor Robert Holton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 149.95

    Emerging traits of late global modernity such as transnationalism, multiculturalism, individualization and supranational contexts of action raise the question of what holds society together. Responses have typically made reference to legitimization, but the modern world presents challenges to such responses, for in such a differentiated, globalized... more...

  • Drift into Failureby Professor Sidney Dekker

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 34.95

    What does the collapse of sub-prime lending have in common with a broken jackscrew in an airliner?s tailplane? Or the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with the burn-up of Space Shuttle Columbia? These were systems that drifted into failure. While pursuing success in a dynamic, complex environment with limited resources and multiple goal conflicts,... more...

  • The Radical Luhmannby Hans-Georg Moeller

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 26.99

    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...