Department of Political Science

Gorm Harste

Stoflige medier:  - territorialitetens systemiske form

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  The present article asks the question if Niklas Luhmann's immense sociological theory is too abstract for concrete empirical analysis. For instance its focus is on time and not on space. However, this doubt seems to be falsified if one undertakes the task of analysing extremely material bounded social forms such as territoriality, transportation and garbage of which only the first one is examined here. The article demonstrates how Luhmann's thesis about the improbability of communicative system is very fruitful to the historical analysis of emergence of modern territorialities. In particular the article demonstrates how territorialities are contingent to the functioning of social systems. Or instance, until mid 19th century waterscapes rather than landscapes have been crucial to the emergence of the integration of societies. However from the 16th century bastions as codified programmes pave the way new form to the observation and self-observation of territorial systems. 
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationLuhmann og erkendelse : - epistemologi, anvendelse og nyorientering
EditorsJesper Tække
Number of pages47
Place of publicationKøbenhavn
PublisherUnge Pædagoger
Publication year2006
Pages85 - 132
ISBN (print)87-90220-3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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