Complexity, Autopoiesis, and Observation of Social Systems

Author: R. Felix Geyer,J. van der Zouwen

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313314186

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 250

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Offers a coherent analysis of rapidly increasing societal complexity through the use of sociocybernetics.


Theory and Practice

Author: D.R.F. Taylor,Tracey Lauriault

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080472300

Category: Science

Page: 594

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For generations, the map has been central to how societies function all over the world. Cybercartography is a new paradigm for maps and mapping in the information era. Defined as “the organization, presentation, analysis and communication of spatially referenced information on a wide variety of topics of interest to society, cybercartography is presented in an interactive, dynamic, multisensory format with the use of multimedia and multimodal interfaces. Cybercartography: Theory and Practice examines the major elements of cybercartography and emphasizes the importance of interaction between theory and practice in developing a paradigm which moves beyond the concept of Geographic Information Systems and Geographical Information Science. It argues for the centrality of the map as part of an integrated information, communication, and analytical package. This volume is a result of a multidisciplinary team effort and has benefited from the input of partners from government, industry and other organizations. The international team reports on major original cybercartographic research and practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the humanities, social sciences including human factors psychology, cybernetics, English literature, cultural mediation, cartography, and geography. This new synthesis has intrinsic value for industries, the general public, and the relationships between mapping and the development of user-centered multimedia interfaces. * Discusses the centrality of the map and its importance in the information era * Provides an interdisciplinary approach with contributions from psychology, music, and language and literature * Describes qualitative and quantitative aspects of cybercartography and the importance of societal context in the interaction between theory and practice * Contains an interactive CD-Rom containing color images, links to websites, plus other important information to capture the dynamic and interactive elements of cybercartography

Exchange, Action, and Social Structure

Elements of Economic Sociology

Author: Milan Zafirovski

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313318399

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 281

View: 935


Zafirovski (sociology, U. of North Texas) uses a neo-Weberian approach to explore the sociological categories of economic action in light of the presence and salience of social influences in the economy. The author sees this approach as a useful alternative to the current exchange theory in ration

The Cultural Realm of European Integration

Social Representations in France, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Author: Antonio V. Menéndez Alarcón

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313320347

Category: Political Science

Page: 186

View: 5897


Presents a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic and cultural challenges facing the European Union at the turn of the century.

Books in Print

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Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Self-steering and Cognition in Complex Systems

Toward a New Cybernetics

Author: Francis Heylighen,Erik Rosseel,Frank Demeyere

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9782881247293

Category: Computers

Page: 431

View: 4318


In the on-going philosophical debate between cognitivism and (radical) constructivism the pervading notions of self-reference, self- organization, self-steering, autonomy, etc., are at the forefront of discussion. These multidisciplinary papers, from a symposium on [title] held in May 1987, examine these topics in depth and illustrate their applications. Taken as a whole, they provide insight into the emergence of a new cybernetics. Book club price, $34. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe

Transformation at the Dawn of a New Millenium

Author: Mike Forrest Keen,Janusz Mucha

Publisher: Greenwood Press

ISBN: 9780313318023

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

View: 371


Sociologists from across Central and Eastern Europe assess changes to the discipline caused by the region's transition from Communism.

International Perspectives on Homelessness

Author: Valerie Polakow,Cindy Guillean

Publisher: Greenwood Press

ISBN: 9780313308550

Category: Political Science

Page: 316

View: 1774


Homelessness strikes in all types of nations from wealthy western cultures to poor, undeveloped countries. Each government and culture attends to this worldwide problem differently. Students will find the eleven case studies of selected countries helpful when comparing and contrasting issues of homelessness.