|About the Book|
Networks of communication evolve in terms of reflexive exchanges. The codification of these reflections inlanguage, that is, at the social level, can be considered as the operating system of society. Under sociologicallyspecifiable conditions, theMoreNetworks of communication evolve in terms of reflexive exchanges. The codification of these reflections inlanguage, that is, at the social level, can be considered as the operating system of society. Under sociologicallyspecifiable conditions, the discursive reconstructions can be expected to make the systems under reflection increasinglyknowledge-intensive.This sociological theory of communication is founded in a tradition that includes Giddens (1979) structuration theory,Habermas (1981) theory of communicative action, and Luhmanns (1984) proposal to consider social systems as self-organizing.The study also elaborates on Shannons (1948) mathematical theory of communication for the formalization andoperationalization of the non-linear dynamics.The development of scientific communications can be studied using citation analysis. The exchange media at the interfaces ofknowledge production provide us with the evolutionary model of a Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations.The construction of the European Information Society can then be analyzed in terms of interacting networks of communication.The issues of sustainable development and the expectation of social change are discussed in relation to the possibility of ageneral theory of communication.Author Biography: Loet Leydesdorff (Ph.D. sociology, M.A. philosophy, and M.Sc. biochemistry) is Senior Lecturer at the Departmentof Communication Studies of the University of Amsterdam. He has published in the philosophy of science, social networkanalysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation. His studies of communication in science, technology, andinnovation enabled him to specify theory and methods for understanding the dynamics of knowledge-based development.