Modern Sociological Systems Theory in Practice – Applications to Societal Problems

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 15 (Juridicum)
RC51 Sociocybernetics (host committee)

Language: English

There have been several attempts known to establish a “modern” sociological systems theory over the last 30 years. The most important of these attempts is that of Niklas Luhmann with his project on a “Theory of Society” starting in the 1980s. Beside the pure theoretical “architecture” with its huge body of concepts and epistemological considerations, various specific studies have been developed to bring these theoretical concepts into practice and try to approach real world problems successfully. Evaluation and criteria for success are also a topic to be discussed. Motifs by C. West Churchman and Karl Weick are of influence here. 
The session will bring together scholars who use the system theoretical concepts for tackling societal problems. The range of problems reaches from typical social problems like integration, inclusion/exclusion, and violence, to special issues like innovation dynamics and the role of protest movements and pioneers for system irritation and social change. 
The aim of the session is to bring together theoretical and practical challenges for sociological systems theory and to discuss the advantages (may be also disadvantages) of subsuming practice-oriented problem solutions under a broader and challenging framework. The contributors are invited to report about the design of their problem solution processes and the utilization of system theory in order to support these processes.
Session Organizer:
Karl-Heinz SIMON, University of Kassel, Germany
Karl-Heinz SIMON, University of Kassel, Germany
The Sociology of Complex Social Systems: Applications of Moderns Systems Theory to Practical Problems
Tom R. BURNS, Uppsala University, Sweden; Nora MACHADO DES JOHANSSON, ISCTE-IUL ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal; Dolores CALVO, Gothenburg University, Sweden; Ugo CORTE, Department of Sociology, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Alexandra WALKER, Australian National University, Australia; Ilan KELMAN, University College London, England; Monica FREITAS, Faculty of Social Science, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal
Towards a Sistemic Theory of Irregular Migration
Gabriel ECHEVERRIA CUBELLO, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Refugees Welcome? Mass Migration As a Highly Complex Steering Problem
Michael PAETAU, Center for Sociocybernetics Studies, Germany
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