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Entropy 2003, 5(1), 34-60; doi:10.3390/e5010034
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The Role of the Individual in the Social Information Process

Received: 12 November 2002 / Accepted: 1 February 2003 / Published: 5 February 2003
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to point out which role the individual plays in the generation of information in social systems. First, it is argued that the individual is a social, self-conscious, creative, reflective, cultural, symbol- and language-using, active natural, producing, labouring, objective, corporeal, living, real, sensuous, visionary, imaginative, designing, co-operative being that makes its own history and can strive towards freedom and autonomy. Based on these assumptions the re-creation/self-organisation of social systems is described as a dialectic of actions and social structures and as a dialectic of individual information and social information. The individual enters economic, political and cultural relationships that result in the emergence and differentiation of social (i.e. economic, political and cultural) information which enables and constrains individual actions and thinking. Individuals as actors in social systems are indispensable for social self-organisation.
Keywords: Society; Social Information; Self-Organisation; Individual Society; Social Information; Self-Organisation; Individual
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