A beginner's guide to social theory by Shaun Best

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The social system makes information meaningful by setting all information in an arrangement of binary oppositions, which provides social actors with an epistemic foundation for their everyday lives. Within Luhmann's social system nothing is left `context-free'. In Luhmann's analysis social systems are not composed of individual people. Rather than individuals creating social systems by their bodily or psychic processes, an individual psychic system has expectations of its environment. The psychic system makes use of shared language to comprehend the complexity of the social system.

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