Introduction to Systems Theory

ISBN-10: 0745645720

ISBN-13: 9780745645728

Edition: 2011

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Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of Systems Theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines.In Introduction to Systems Theory, Luhmann is at the height of his powers. In a remarkably clear way he explains the key ideas of general and sociological Systems Theory and offers a wealth of examples to illustrate his approach. The book offers a wide range of concepts and theorems that can be applied to politics and the economy, religion and science, art and education, organization and the family. Moreover, Luhmann's ideas address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements.This book provides all the necessary resources for readers to work through the foundations of Systems Theory - no other book by Luhmann is as clear and accessible as this. There is also much in this book that will be of great interest to more advanced scholars and practitioners in sociology and the social sciences.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Translator's Note and Acknowledgments
System - Autopoiesis - Form: An Introduction to Luhmann's Introduction to Systems Theory
Editor's Preface to the German Edition
Sociology and Systems Theory
First Lecture
The Functionalism of System Maintenance
Second Lecture
General Systems Theory
The Theory of Open Systems
Third Lecture
System as Difference (Formal Analysis)
Fourth Lecture
Operational Closure
Fifth Lecture
Self-Organization, Autopoiesis
Structural Coupling
Sixth Lecture
Seventh Lecture
Eighth Lecture
The Idea of Rationality
Ninth Lecture
Tenth Lecture
Psychic and Social Systems
Problems of "Action Theory"
Eleventh Lecture
Two Modes of Operation of Autopoiesis
Twelfth Lecture
Communication as a Self-Observing Operation
Thirteenth Lecture
Double Contingency, Structure, Conflict
Fourteenth Lecture
Suggested Further Readings
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