About us

We are the Research Committee 51 (RC51) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) we are one of more than fifty Research Committees which, along with a large number of national sociological associations, constitute the ISA.

We are interested in systems science in the social sciences.

The group was founded in 1980 as an ISA Ad Hoc Group by Francisco Parra-Luna, who organized its sessions at subsequent World Congresses of Sociology (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994). The group became a Thematic Group and finally a Working Group of the ISA. In 1995 the first board was elected with Kenneth Bailey, USA, as president and Felix Geyer, The Netherlands, as secretary. The group was re-recognized by the ISA first as a Working Group and at the 1998 World Congress of Sociology in Montreal as a Research Committee. It grew from some 30 members in early 1995 to about 240 members at the time of the 1998 World Congress of Sociology in Brisbane.

RC51 lives on and takes its particular strength from face-to-face interaction and intensive personal discussions backed by e-mail distribution lists and the organization taking place in cyberspace. Such discussions often last from dawn till after midnight, especially as they occur in the more intimate setting of the International Conferences of Sociocybernetics: Kolimbari, Greece - Panticosa, Spain - León, Mexico - Corfu, Greece - Lisbon, Portugal - Maribor, Slovenia.

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About this site

RC51 offers to its members a biannual Newsletter which was started in 1996 and which has continued as part of the peer-reviewed electronic Journal of Sociocybernetics. This journal has been published by RC51 since 2000 on the RC51 website. It is complemented by Cybernetics & Human Knowing, <http://www.imprint.co.uk/>, which has become the second official journal. Another important means of communication and exchange of scientific information is regular e-mail contac to keep members up-to-date about the activities of RC51 and pertinent issues in its worldwide scientific environment.

This site is hosted by the University of Zaragoza, Spain, it seeks to provide detailed information about our activities. It contains bibliographic information including abstracts and papers presented by members of RC51 since 1998. The highlights of RC51 activities are the World Congresses of Sociology organized every four years by the ISA. In the last World Congress in Brisbane, RC51 organized 16 scientific sessions on different topics of sociocybernetics, including one session in Spanish and one in French (both languages are official languages of the ISA, along with English).

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