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|Title:||Toward a formal theory of socioculture: A |
|Author(s):||M. Yolles, (School of Business Information, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK), B.R. Frieden, (Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA), G. Kemp, (Lentz Foundation, Hest Bank, Lancaster, UK)|
|Citation:||M. Yolles, B.R. Frieden, G. Kemp, (2008) "Toward a formal theory of socioculture: A |
|Keywords:||Cybernetics, Physics, Social structure|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03684920810884333 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper aims to initiate a new, formal theory of sociocultural physics.
Design/methodology/approach – Its intended scope is limited to predicting either long-term, large-scale or short-term, small-scale sociocultural events. The theory that the authors develop, called sociohistory, links three independent but relatable approaches: part of Sorokin's epistemological theory of sociocultural dynamics, Frieden's epistemological theory of extreme physical information (EPI), and Yolles's social viable systems (SVS) theory.
Findings – Although not all of Sorokin's ideas are universally accepted, a subset of them is found to be extremely useful for describing the conceptual context of complex systems. This includes how sociocultural processes link closely into political processes.
Research limitations/implications – The theory that develops helps explain how opposing, cultural enantiomers or
Originality/value – While the resulting sociocultural physics is in its infancy, an illustrative application to the developmental dynamics of post-colonial Iran demonstrates its potential utility.
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