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Although written over 40 years ago, Luhmann's complex vision of the operations of trust and power provides a wealth of insights of considerable value to scholars and students grappling with contemporary social and economic problems. The editors' introduction to this new edition and the significant revisions they have made to the translation will help to reveal the richness and clarity of this vision and its relevance to the ways that trust and power operate in today's society.
In this book, Niklas Luhmann scrutinizes the relationship and shows how it is stretched to its limit by communication difficulties, demands for self-presentation, and disagreements concerning fundamental values. Many of the tensions crystallize around the question “who has the power?” It isn’t necessarily the boss, provided the employees are well versed in the art of directing their superiors. “Subtervision” is Luhmann’s term for this state of affairs, and tact is the most important means to this end. Yet caution is advised: whoever achieves mastery in subtervision may well become the new boss.
This slim and thought-provoking book from one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century will be of great interest to anyone seeking to understand the dynamics and machinations of the workplace.
This classic book by Luhmann has been widely recognized as a work of major importance. It is an outstanding contribution to social theory and it provides an original and illuminating perspective on the nature of modern marriage and sexuality.
Die Einführung wird ihrem Namen auch insofern gerecht, als es Luhmann darum ging, seinem studentischen Publikum ein eigenes Arbeiten mit dieser Theorie zu ermöglichen. Sie ist deshalb eine Fundgrube für einfache Ideen im Umgang mit schwierigen Fragen und bietet eine Palette von Konzepten und Theoremen, die es erlauben, Wahrnehmung, Beschreibung und Denken zu schulen – sowohl für die Beobachtung von Politik und Wirtschaft, Religion und Wissenschaft, Kunst und Erziehung, Familie und Organisation als auch für die Einschätzung aktueller Fragen der Kognitionsforschung, ökologischer Probleme und sozialer Bewegungen.
Das Buch klärt die wichtigsten Grundlagen der allgemeinen und der soziologischen Systemtheorie mithilfe präziser Begriffsvorschläge und einer Fülle von Beispielen. Darüber hinaus dokumentiert es, dass der Witz zu den wichtigsten Ressourcen ernsthafter Theoriearbeit gehört. Keiner von Luhmanns Texten ist so gut verständlich und nachvollziehbar wie dieser.
This short text, originally written in 1969 by the eminent German social theorist Niklas Luhmann, goes a long way to redressing this neglect. Rather than seeing love as a unique and ineffable personal experience, Luhmann treats love as a solution to a problem that depends on a wider range of social structures and forms. Human beings are faced with a world of enormous complexity and they have to find ways to order and make sense of this world. In other words, they need certain facilities for action Ð what Luhmann calls ‘media of communication’ Ð that enable them to select from a host of alternatives in ways that will be understood as meaningful by others. Love is one of these media; truth, power, money and art are others. With the development of modern societies, greater demands are made on this medium of love, altering the relationship between love and sexuality and giving rise to the distinctive difficulties we associate with love today.
This short text by one of the most brilliant social theorists of the 20th century will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities. It is a concise and pithy statement of what is still the only sociological theory of love we have.
Niklas Luhmann is recognised as a major social theorist, and his treatise on the sociology of law is a classic text. For Luhmann, law provides the framework of the state, lawyers are the main human resource for the state, and legal theory provides the most suitable base from which to theorize on the nature of society. He explores the concept of law in the light of a general theory of social systems, showing the important part law plays in resolving fundamental problems a society may face. He then goes on to discuss in detail how modern 'positive' – as opposed to ‘natural’ – law comes to fulfil this function. The work as a whole is not only a contribution to legal sociology, but a major work in social theory. With a revised translation, and a new introduction by Martin Albrow.