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Why World War?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2004 (English)In: Diversity and Dialogue: Culture and Values in the Age of Globalization, Sofia: Minerva , 2004Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The article presents a complex methodological and theoretical design for the study and understanding of the origins of world war, of which the Cold War is only a part. A synthesis of three complementary methods is suggested: social-psychology enriched by the psycho-historical method, the historico-sociological comparative method, and what here is called “a third order cybernetics.” Luhmann’s macrosociological systems theory, complemented with middle range sociological theories, is discussed as the grand theoretical framework. The article argues that a fully developed theory of systems media, which sociology at present is lacking, may throw some light on the causes of world war. Such theory may not be able to grant media an agency similar to that of social systems. Nevertheless it can attract the attention to the fact that social media are not “powerless.” They have the power to reject the form that the social systems attempt to impose on them.

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Sofia: Minerva , 2004.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68669ISBN: 954-91180-6-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68669DiVA: diva2:96580
Available from: 2005-03-07 Created: 2005-03-07 Last updated: 2010-02-25Bibliographically approved

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