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Palgrave Macmillan

The Circulation of European Knowledge

Niklas Luhmann in the Hispanic Americas

ISBN 9781137430021
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

This book studies the circulation of social knowledge by focusing on the reception of Niklas Luhmann's systems theory in the Hispanic Americas. It presents a detailed analysis of knowledge circulation from a science and technology studies perspective and shows that theories need active involvement from scholars in the receiving field in order to travel. As Holub has argued, the success of any transplanted theory is the ability "on the part of advocates to situate a foreign tradition in its new environment and to account for the differences that are operative in the new settings."

Leandro Rodriguez Medina is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Political Science, UDLAP, and National Researcher (Level 1) at National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONACYT), Mexico. He is Affiliated Researcher in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, for the 'International Cooperation in the Social Sciences and Humanities' project.

Introduction
1. Conceptualizing Knowledge Circulation: Methods and Theories
2. Bounding Luhmann: Different Strategies to Appropriate Foreign Knowledge
3. Luhmanization: Identity and Circulation
4. The Circulation of Luhmann's Theory from a Comparative Perspective
Conclusion

Reviews

"La taxonomía de las tres generaciones ilumina en algunos puntos, por ejemplo, respecto del hecho que la circulación del pensamien-to necesita de su divulgación, apropiación, puesta en uso, así como de la generación de posiciones dentro del mundo académico." - Revista Mad, Magíster en Análisis Sistémico Aplicado a la Sociedad
[The taxonomy of three generations sheds lights on some points, for example, regarding the fact that circulation of knowledge requires its dissemination, appropriation, and application as well as obtaining positions within the academic world.]
"La investigación de Rodríguez Medina brinda luces y abre caminos hacia la dilucidación del problema sociológico relacionado con la circulación del pensamiento a nivel global, basado en la tesis de que la ciencia, a pesar de sus diversos contextos, se constituye como un sistema global que introduce dentro de sí variables regionales en su despliegue operativo (Luhmann 1996; Arnold, Thumala & Urquiza 2011). De igual manera, su discusión con otras investigaciones similares brinda interesantes perspectivas sobre el posicionamiento de La-tinoamérica en el panorama sociológico mundial, lo cual, sin duda, es un importante aporte a investigaciones futuras. Finalmente, en el caso de los sistémicos en Hispanoamérica, claramente abre caminos que invitan a un nuevo extranjero a visitar el país de los luhmannianos." - Revista Mad, Magíster en Análisis Sistémico Aplicado a la Sociedad
[Rodriguez Medina's illuminating research provides new avenues to elucidate the sociological problem of the circulation of knowledge at a global level, based on the thesis that the sciences, despite its diverse contexts, constitutes a global system that contains in itself regional variables during its operative development. At the same time, his discussion of investigations on similar topics raises interesting perspectives on the positioning of Latin America within the international sociological landscape - without a doubt, a major contribution for future research. Finally, for systems theorists in Hispanic America, the book paves the way for new 'foreigners' to visit the Luhmannian country.]
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