Power, Ideology, And Control

Hardcover | March 31, 1996

byJohn C. Oliga

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What are critical systems thinking and critical social theory all about? What are social order, human freedom, and happiness? Can we shape our own destiny? Are the ideas of collective autonomy and responsibility utopian? In Power, Ideology, and Control, author John C. Oliga sheds light on these and other vital questions, offering innovative approaches to understanding society's increasing hypercomplexity. The book explores novel ideas for long-term societal transformation in chapters that discuss forms of social order and their sustaining world views; control and strategic ideologies; and critical social theory.

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What are critical systems thinking and critical social theory all about? What are social order, human freedom, and happiness? Can we shape our own destiny? Are the ideas of collective autonomy and responsibility utopian? In Power, Ideology, and Control, author John C. Oliga sheds light on these and other vital questions, offering ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 31, 1996Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306451603

ISBN - 13:9780306451607

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Critical Systems Thinking and Critical Social Theory All About? Introduction. Critical Systems Thinking and Critical Social Theory. Metatheoretical Concerns: What Is Social Order, and Human Freedom and Happiness? Forms of Social Order and Their Sustaining Worldviews. Individualism and Social Order. Unitarism and Social Order. Pluralism and Social Order. Enlightenment and Empowerment: Towards Self-Clarity and Selfwill: Must We Remain Helpless and Ignorant of Ourselves? Power and Interests. Ideology: From Mystification to the Power of Knowing that You Can Critically Reflect Upon Yourself. Transformation: Towards Individual Freedom and Happiness, and Collective Autonomy: Can We Not Shape Our Own Destiny? Control and Social Order. Control and Human Interests. Control, Constancy, and Change: The Architecture of Power and Ideology. Control and Strategic Ideologies. Critical Social Theory: From Epistemology to Communicative Paradigm. Concluding Reflections: Is the Idea of Human Freedom and Happiness, and Collective Autonomy and Responsibility Utopian? Enlightenment, Empowerment, and Transformation of Societal Systems: What Is to Be Done? The Case of Developing Countries. Conclusion. Index.