Special Issue "Complex Social Systems: Theory And Practice"
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
Interests: belief systems; biomathematics; chaotic systems; complex biological systems; complex systems; complexity theory; ecosystems; fuzzy systems; ideological complex systems; information theory; networks for complex systems; social cybernetics; socio-economic systems; social systems
Interests: prejudice reduction; applied developmental psychology; constructivism
Interests: belief systems; biomathematics; complex biological systems; complex systems; complexity theory; ecosystems; epistemology; ideological complex systems; information theory; logics; philosophy of mathematics; socio-economic systems; social systems
All societies are differentiated. Social differentiation is a concomitant of institutional differentiation which consists of the specialization and routinization of activities in general. In relatively undifferentiated societies, a single social structure is used to organize all collective activities that need to be organized: e.g., work, religion, war, art, and education . It implies a peculiar and monolithic Generalised Collective Conscience (GCC). This social structure usually assigns positions to individuals based on age, sex, and descendance, creating a restricted Particularised Collective Conscience (PCC) and an Individual Conscience (IC) that is confused generally with PCC. The kinship system is the basis for organizing any activity. Highly differentiated societies perpetuate certain bodies of knowledge and belief through such generalized structures as families, public schools, mass media, internet, etc. But in addition they also use highly specialized structures, such as professional associations, universities, theological schools, laboratories, etc. As activities develop in specialties, special purpose structures arise to organize them. The extent of institutional differentiation is of primary importance as a social condition affecting the culture carried by a society.
This Special Issue aims to update the use of existing social systems approaches and relevant tools in managing social complexity in any area of interest.
The Special Issue seeks contributions that focus on, but are not limited to, the following:
• Ideological systems: Political, economic and religious systems.
• Systems dynamics modeling and simulation of social systems.
• Sociology theories.
• Utopian and dystopian systems.
• Historic perspectives.
• Culture, ethics, values in sociological systems.
We welcome papers that present approaches, frameworks, models, and case studies using systems approaches or tools in any area of application.
Dr. Josué Antonio Nescolarde-Selva
Dr. Josep-Lluis Usó-Doménech
Dr. Hugh Gash
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- Complex sociological problems
- Management systems
- Systems approaches/sociological theories
- Systems dynamics