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Sociopolitical Ecology : Human Systems and Ecological Fields - Frederick L. Bates

Sociopolitical Ecology

Human Systems and Ecological Fields

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Published: 30th September 1997
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Sociopolitical Ecology introduces the concept of `ecological field' to replace that of `ecosystem' and extends the boundaries of self-referential systems to a new, more complex level of analysis. Ecological field refers to an overarching system that contains many self-referential (or autopoietic) systems that interact in a common space, with human beings placed squarely in the middle of all natural ecological networks. The focus of this fascinating study is the interlocking pattern of relations among human beings within an ecological field - what the author designates as `sociopolitical ecology'. The book argues that most societies are not self-contained systems, but rather ecological fields, that is complexes of several interacting systems.

`Bates has produced a book that is very nearly astonishing, and that is bound to be important.' Contemporary Psychology, 43(9), 1998

The Design of a Cognitive System for Generating Structural Models of Social Behavior Systems and Ecological Fields
Behavior as a Phenomenon
Structure and Structural Analysis: As a Cognitive Strategy
Systems and Systems Theory
Self-Referential Behavior Systems
Self-Referential Social Systems
Ecological Fields
Social Systems in the Context of Ecological Fields
A Language for Constructing Structural Models of Social Networks within and among Self-Referential Systems
Individual Actors and Social Systems
An Overview of Sociopolitical Ecology
Epilogue
Index
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ISBN: 9780306456534
ISBN-10: 0306456532
Series: Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 30th September 1997
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.59