Niklas Luhmann, System Theory and Sport

Authored by: Ansgar Thiel , Jan Ove Tangen

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621


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Sociological system theory is closely linked with Niklas Luhmann, a renowned sociologist, who published countless books and articles on this subject, mostly in German. Luhmann was influenced by the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl and the sociologist Talcott Parsons, but also by authors and thinkers like Herbert Simon, Robert K. Merton, Erving Goffmann, Humberto Maturana, Gregory Bateson, George Spencer-Brown and Fritz Heider (Stichweh 2011). When Luhmann joined the University of Bielefeld, he was reportedly asked about his research plans. His answer was: ‘Theory of society, term of 30 years, no costs’.

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