Ecological Communication

Ecological Communication


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Ecological Communication by Niklas Luhmann

Niklas Luhmann is widely recognized as one of the most original thinkers in the social sciences today. This major new work further develops the theories of the author by offering a challenging analysis of the relationship between society and the environment.

Luhmann extends the concept of "ecology" to refer to any analysis that looks at connections between social systems and the surrounding environment. He traces the development of the notion of "environment" from the medieval idea—which encompasses both human and natural systems—to our modern definition, which separates social systems from the external environment.

In Luhmann's thought, human beings form part of the environment, while social systems consist only of communications. Utilizing this distinctive theoretical perspective, Luhmann presents a comprehensive catalog of society's reactions to environmental problems. He investigates the spheres of the economy, law, science, politics, religion, and education to show how these areas relate to environmental issues.

Ecological Communication is an important work that critically examines claims central to our society—claims to modernity and rationality. It will be of great importance to scholars and students in sociology, political science, philosophy, anthropology, and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226496511
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/28/1989
Edition description: 1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Niklas Luhmann is professor of sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Federal Republic of Germany. He is the author of approximately forty books in German, including, in English translation, The Differentiation of Society, Religious Dogmatics the Evolution of Societies, and Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
1. Sociological Abstinence
2. Causes and Responsibilities?
3. Complexity and Evolution
4. Resonance
5. The Observation of Observation
6. Communication as a Social Operation
7. Ecological Knowledge and Social Communication
8. Binary Coding
9. Codes, Criteria, Programs
10. Economy
11. Law
12. Science
13. Politics
14. Religion
15. Education
16. Functional Differentiation
17. Restriction and Amplification
Too Little and Too Much Resonance
18. Representation and Self-observation
The 'New Social Movements'
19. Anxiety, Morality and Theory
20. Toward a Rationality of Ecological Communication
21. Environmental Ethics

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