Human Behavior Social Environment

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Contents

Social Systems Theory
1
Essence and Ancestry The AtomisticHolistic Continuum
4
EnergyInformation The Necessary Element
9
The Four Basic Energy Functions
11
Organization The Sufficient Element
14
Causation Feedback Loops and Chaos Theory
16
Conclusion
19
Suggested Readings
20
The Systems Model
113
Conclusion
133
Literary Sources
135
Groups
137
I Types of Groups
139
II Dimensions of Groups
144
III Aspects of Group as System
146
Conclusion
162

Literary Sources
21
Aspects of Social Systems
23
The Interplay of Change and Maintenance
24
II Structural Characteristics
28
III Behavioral Aspects of Social Systems
35
Conclusion
39
Literary Sources
40
Films and Videos
41
Culture and Society
43
Unique Aspects of the Human Species
48
Analytic Dimensions of Culture Qualities of a Society
55
Conclusion
66
Suggested Readings
67
Literary Sources
68
Communities
71
I Community as System
72
II Definition of Community
76
III The Community in Critical Condition
94
Conclusion
96
Suggested Readings
97
Literary Sources
98
Organizations
101
I Theories of Organization
103
Literary Sources
164
Families
165
I Approaches to Family Analysis
166
A Social Systems View Families
182
Summary
192
Suggested Readings
193
Literary Sources
194
Films and Videos
195
The Person
197
II The Critical Phases of the Life Cycle
226
Conclusion
257
Literary Sources
259
Films and Videos
260
Epilogue
263
I Holonistic Thought
264
II Implied Values and Ethical Positions
267
Bibliography
271
Literary Sources
285
Glossary
287
Name Index
297
Subject Index
301
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