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What in the World?Understanding Global Social Change$
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Mathias Albert and Tobias Werron

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529213317

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529213317.001.0001

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Communication, Differentiation and the Evolution of World Society

Communication, Differentiation and the Evolution of World Society

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What in the World?

Boris Holzer

Policy Press

This chapter uses a systems theory perspective to examine how the globalization processes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries affected social contacts, societal groups, and social change. It looks at developments and changes that took place in the nineteenth century that point to both continuities and ruptures with earlier epochs and their further consolidation and elaboration throughout the twentieth century. It also discusses a sociological perspective on a 'long twentieth century' and discernible transformations of the social world, which provided the foundation for a global modernity and popularized the aspiration towards it. The chapter implies an interest in fundamental sociological concepts, namely communication, differentiation, and evolution. It investigates the integral part of a long-term transformation that is developed by fundamental or societal revolution.

Keywords:   systems theory perspective, social contacts, societal groups, social change, communication, differentiation, evolution, globalization

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