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Sociocybernetic Paradoxes By Edited by R. Felix Geyer

Sociocybernetic Paradoxes
by Edited by R. Felix Geyer

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Looks to reconcile the paradox that social systems tend to steer themselves with the knowledge that they are, at the same time, subject to steering and control from outside. This work surveys both the possibilities and limitations of cybernetics in the analysis and treatment of social problems.
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Sociocybernetic Paradoxes: Observation, Control and Evolution of Self-Steering Systems by Edited by R. Felix Geyer

In this stimulating work, thirteen distinguished scholars examine and aim to reconcile the paradox that social systems tend to steer themselves with the knowledge that they are, at the same time, subject to steering and control from outside. 'Sociocybernetics' is the term they have coined to describe the tools used in the analysis of this paradox; tools which have themselves evolved from and influenced cybernetics and general systems theory.

Sociocybernetic Paradoxes surveys both the possibilities and limitations of cybernetics in the analysis and treatment of social problems: Part One looks at concrete experiences of the steering of specific social systems; Part Two examines the planning, hierarchy and views of society and also the role of social science within it; and Part Three presents the wider context of governing and planning social systems.

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Sociocybernetic Paradoxes Reviews


`Converts to this book's ideas will find here a major contribution towards the dissolution of disabling `either--or' stances and sceptics will gain the opportunity to criticize from an informed as opposed to a half--baked understanding of the issues involved.' -- British Journal of Social Work, Vol.17, 1987.

`This book will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn about the content and scope of the 'new cybernetics'... The book is useful for the way it displays both the strengths and weaknesses of an innovative approach to the analysis of social systems.' -- Contemporary Sociology

Table of Contents


Introduction - Felix Geyer and Johannes van der Zouwen PART ONE: EXPERIENCES WITH THE STEERING OF PARTICULAR SOCIAL SYSTEMS Actors, Models, and Limits to Societal Self-Steering - Thomas Baumgartner The Family - Lauren Langman A 'Sociocybernetic' Approach to Theory and Policy Mental Health Service Delivery Systems in the United States - Ronald W Manderscheid The Control of Interaction Processes in Survey Interviews - Johannes van der Zouwen, Wil Dijkstra and Joop van de Bovenkamp Improvement of (self-)Steering Through Support Systems - Jan H G Klabbers PART TWO: PLANNING, HIERARCHY AND COMPETENCE The Planning Paradox - Michael Masuch Notes on the Concept of Self-Steering - Arvid Aulin Preprocessing - James R Beniger and Clifford I Nass Neglected Component of Sociocybernetics Social Change and the Design of Inquiry - Gerard De Zeeuw PART THREE: THE WIDER CONTEXT: EVOLUTION, AUTOPOIESIS AND DIALOGUE Systems and Societies - Ervin Laszlo The Basic Cybernetics of Social Evolution The Autopoiesis of Social Systems - Niklas Luhmann The Third Position -- Beyond Artificial and Autopoietic Reduction - Stein Braten Epilogue - Johannes van der Zouwen and Felix Geyer

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GOR010386970
Sociocybernetic Paradoxes: Observation, Control and Evolution of Self-Steering Systems by Edited by R. Felix Geyer
Edited by R. Felix Geyer
Used - Very Good
Paperback
SAGE Publications Ltd
1986-03-26
248
0803997361
9780803997363
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