This blog focuses on social systems theory as developed by Niklas Luhmann (1927-98), Professor of Sociology at Bielefeld University in Germany. The posts are written by Carlton Clark, Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I have also started a Facebook group called Niklas Luhmann Group. Anyone interested in Luhmann’s work is welcome to join.
An important feature of this blog is its hypertextual structure. Key concepts in social systems theory are hyperlinked, sort of like Wikipedia, which means that the blog posts can be read in any order based on associational linkages. I also update posts as I explore what I’ve written. So the blog is mainly for me, as I use it to work out ideas. But, of course, I am happy to see that other people also read it from time to time.
Incidentally, Luhmann is known to have written in a kind of hypertextual, rather than conventionally linear, manner. This style has always appealed to me. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on literary hypertext back when the Internet was still pretty new, and I have probably always thought in a nonlinear, hypertextual way.
Note: This blog used to be called Autopoiesis: Producing and Reproducing Social Systems Theory.
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