Mingers, J. (2002) Can Social Systems be Autopoietic? Assessing Luhmann's Social Theory. The Sociological Review, 50 (2). pp. 278-299. ISSN 0038-0261.
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The theory of autopoiesis, that is systems that are self-producing or self-constructing, was originally developed to explain the particular nature of living as opposed to non-living entities. It was subsequently enlarged to encompass cognition and language leading to what is known as second-order cybernetics. However, as with earlier biological theories, many authors have tried to extend the domain of the theory to encompass social systems, the most notable being Luhmann. The purpose of this article is to consider critically the extent to which the theory of autopoiesis, as originally defined, can be applied to social systems - that is, whether social systems are autopoietic. And, if it cannot, whether some weaker version might be appropriate.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School|
|Depositing User:||John Mingers|
|Date Deposited:||08 Sep 2008 18:34|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:13|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3907 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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