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Sociopolitical Ecology: Human Systems & Ecological Fields

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Publisher Comments:

Sociopolitical Ecology introduces the concept of `ecological field' to replace that of `ecosystem' and extends the boundaries of self-referential systems to a new, more complex level of analysis. Ecological field refers to an overarching system that contains many self-referential (or autopoietic) systems that interact in a common space, with human beings placed squarely in the middle of all natural ecological networks. The focus of this fascinating study is the interlocking pattern of relations among human beings within an ecological field - what the author designates as `sociopolitical ecology'. The book argues that most societies are not self-contained systems, but rather ecological fields, that is complexes of several interacting systems.

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An extension and to some degree a reformulation of Bates' 1975 The Structure of Social Systems. He seeks to clarify and promote the development of sociological structuralism as opposed to sociological individualism, and to flesh out his discussions of social change or morphogenesis and the epistemological foundation underlying structural analysis. He takes self-referential systems theory as a new approach.
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Synopsis:

Sociopolitical Ecology introduces the concept of `ecological field' to replace that of `ecosystem' and extends the boundaries of self-referential systems to a new, more complex level of analysis. Ecological field refers to an overarching system that contains many self-referential (or autopoietic) systems that interact in a common space, with human beings placed squarely in the middle of all natural ecological networks. The focus of this fascinating study is the interlocking pattern of relations among human beings within an ecological field - what the author designates as `sociopolitical ecology'. The book argues that most societies are not self-contained systems, but rather ecological fields, that is complexes of several interacting systems.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-257) and index.

Table of Contents

The Design of a Cognitive System for Generating Structural Models of Social Behavior Systems and Ecological Fields. Behavior as a Phenomenon. Structure and Structural Analysis: As a Cognitive Strategy. Systems and Systems Theory. Self-Referential Behavior Systems. Self-Referential Social Systems. Ecological Fields. Social Systems in the Context of Ecological Fields. A Language for Constructing Structural Models of Social Networks within and among Self-Referential Systems. Individual Actors and Social Systems. An Overview of Sociopolitical Ecology. Epilogue. Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306456534
Author:
Bates, Frederick L.
Publisher:
Springer
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Social systems
Subject:
Social ecology
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Language, literature and biography
Subject:
Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Book
Series:
Contemporary Systems Thinking
Series Volume:
no. 583
Publication Date:
19970930
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
293
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1320 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Sociopolitical Ecology introduces the concept of `ecological field' to replace that of `ecosystem' and extends the boundaries of self-referential systems to a new, more complex level of analysis. Ecological field refers to an overarching system that contains many self-referential (or autopoietic) systems that interact in a common space, with human beings placed squarely in the middle of all natural ecological networks. The focus of this fascinating study is the interlocking pattern of relations among human beings within an ecological field - what the author designates as `sociopolitical ecology'. The book argues that most societies are not self-contained systems, but rather ecological fields, that is complexes of several interacting systems.
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