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Social systems

  • 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$ 46.00

    `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...

  • Collective Beingsby Gianfranco Minati; Eliano Pessa

    Springer US 2006; US$ 158.45

    Microscopic models 226 The intrinsic limitations of the theory of phase transitions 229 5. 3 Quantum Field Theory 230 5. 4 Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking 239 5. 5 Non-ideal models of emergence 249 5. 5. 1 Neural networks 250 5. 5. 2 Cellular Automata 261 5. 5. 3 Artificial Life 265 5. 6 The role of noise 273 5. 7 The relationships between traditional... 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...

  • Funktionssysteme der Gesellschaftby Gunter Runkel; Günter Burkart

    VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2012; US$ 17.75

    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...

  • The Handbook of Social Capitalby Dario Castiglione; Jan W. van Deth; Guglielmo Wolleb

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 194.99

    The study of social capital is one of the most exciting recent developments in the social sciences. Written by some of the main experts in the field this Handbook is an authoritative, critical, and innovative introduction to the study of social capital. more...

  • Inklusion und Exklusion: Analysen zur Sozialstruktur und sozialen Ungleichheitby Rudolf Stichweh; Paul Windolf

    VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2009; US$ 15.09

    Inklusion und Exklusion sind elementare Kategorien der Soziologie. Beide Begriffe verweisen auf paradoxe Konsequenzen, die die empirische Forschung inspiriert haben. Inklusion in eine begrenzte Zahl von Subsystemen bedeutet gleichzeitig Exklusion aus allen anderen Subsystemen. Exklusion aus einem Unternehmen (Arbeitslosigkeit) hat gleichzeitig eine... more...

  • Innovation in Complex Social Systemsby Petra Ahrweiler

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • Luhmann Explainedby Hans-Georg Moeller

    Open Court 2011; US$ 38.99

    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...

  • Managing Complexity: Insights, Concepts, Applicationsby Dirk Helbing

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2007; US$ 84.50

    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...