Introduction to Systems Theory / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745645711
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Niklas Luhmann was professor of sociology at the University of Bielefeld.

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Table of Contents

Translators Note and Acknowledgements System-Autopoiesis-Form: An Introduction to Luhmann's 'Introduction to Systems Theory'
Editor's Preface to the German Edition

I. Sociology and Systems Theory
1. The Functionalism of System Maintenance
2. Parsons

II. General Systems Theory
1. The Theory of Open Systems
2. System as Difference (Formal Analysis)
3. Operational Closure
4. Self-Organization, Autopoiesis
5. Structural Coupling
6. Observing
7. Re-entry
8. Complexity
9. The Idea of Rationality

III. Time

IV. Meaning

V. Psychic and Social Systems
1. Problems of "Action Theory"
2. Two Modes of Operation of Autopoiesis

VI. Communication as a Self-Observing Operation

VII. Double Contingency, Structure, Conflict

Suggested Further Readings

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