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Alienation in Community and Society Effects of Increasing Environmental Complexity

Alienation in Community and Society Effects of Increasing Environmental Complexity Takes a general systems approach to reconceptualize and interconnect existing theories of alienation in community and in society. Alienation is viewed as a generic term for different types of information processing disturbances of human individuals, conceived as autoietic, selfsteering and selfreferential systems. In considering the possible relationships between alienation and the communitysociety continuum, regarded as a controversial and complex one, a third element, complexity itself, which exerts its influence, is introduced. The main focus is on the different kinds of alienated response that may be evoked by relatively simple versus relatively complex environments. Discusses the idealized concept of the community and describes the negative effects of idealization. Finally, addresses the question of what type of community is still feasible in the highly complex society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kybernetes Emerald Publishing

Alienation in Community and Society Effects of Increasing Environmental Complexity

Kybernetes , Volume 21 (2): 17 – Feb 1, 1992

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0368-492X
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10.1108/eb005920
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Abstract

Takes a general systems approach to reconceptualize and interconnect existing theories of alienation in community and in society. Alienation is viewed as a generic term for different types of information processing disturbances of human individuals, conceived as autoietic, selfsteering and selfreferential systems. In considering the possible relationships between alienation and the communitysociety continuum, regarded as a controversial and complex one, a third element, complexity itself, which exerts its influence, is introduced. The main focus is on the different kinds of alienated response that may be evoked by relatively simple versus relatively complex environments. Discusses the idealized concept of the community and describes the negative effects of idealization. Finally, addresses the question of what type of community is still feasible in the highly complex society.

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KybernetesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1992

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