Translational Systems Sciences

Social Systems in the Global Age

Authors: Tokuyasu, Akira

  • Integrates sociological theory and systems theory from a pluralistic perspective to contemporary global society
  • Sets forth the notion of the intermediary unit for elaboration of the structural configuration of contemporary global society
  • Provides the notion of polycontextural meaning-value spaces for the elaboration of the cultural configuration of contemporary global society
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This book formulates an evolutionary and pluralistic view of social systems in the global age, especially with reference to Niklas Luhmann's theory of social systems. Several paired concepts, such as national society/world society, stratification/functional differentiation, diffuse/specific, universalistic/particularistic, and inclusion/exclusion, illustrate the transformation of social structure and its effects on the constructive principles of social systems and the definition of individual identity. Every functional subsystem has become more autonomous and the socio-cultural sources of individual identity have become more diversified than in the past. The book proposes the concept of the “intermediary unit” and discusses its significance and relevance in the social systems theory. In the background of this discussion, the reality is that there is no system of meaning and values that are valid in all areas of the world society that has emerged in the process of functional differentiation and globalization, nor can we design such a system theoretically. The significance of intermediary units is considered; the competition of intermediary units and meaning-value spaces in the actual social process is defined as the politics of meaning; and a new form of pluralism based on the concept of polycontexturality is proposed. These factors seem to make the whole world more and more complex, risky, uncertain, and nontransparent. The evolutionary and pluralistic design principles of social systems including various intermediary units improve our capacity to cope with future risks.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Systems in the Global Age
Authors
Series Title
Translational Systems Sciences
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54925-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54924-6
Series ISSN
2197-8832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 192
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations
Topics