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Bibliography on Sociocybernetics

A bibliography of social cybernetics

compiled by

Felix Geyer
SISWO (Netherlands Universities' Institute for Co-ordination of Research in Social Sciences),
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Johannes van der Zouwen
Department of Social Research Methodology, Vrije Universiteit,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

third edition, July 1998

Free copies of this third edition (July 1998) are obtainable from:
SISWO. Plantage Muidergracht 4.1018 TV Amsterdam.The Netherlands.
Phone: X31.20.5270600 Fax: X31.20.6229430


Preface to the first edition
When we were asked by professor Brian H. Rudall, the editor of Kybernetes, to write a review article about the developments in social cybernetics over the past twenty years, we felt the need to make an inventory of the literature about this subject, published in journals and books in the area of cybernetics as well as in the domain of the social sciences.
Social cybernetics can be defined as the application of concepts, insights and methods of cybernetics to the study of society and any of its subdivisions. To the extent that the cybernetics applied has to be characterized as 'second-order' cybernetics, we prefer to use the term 'sociocybernetics'. For a short discussion on this terminology we refer to our article "Cybernetics and Social Science: Theories and Research in Sociocybernetics", in the special (November 1991) issue of Kybernetes.
We started the compilation of the bibliography with a (DIALOG) computer search in the databases of Sociological Abstracts (SA), US Political Science Documents (PSD), Dissertation Abstracts (DA), and the Library of Congress (LCCN), using as keywords all combinations and permutations of the terms 'cybernetics' and 'systems'. From the files that were produced, we selected those publications which clearly belong to the domain of social cybernetics, are written in a language, more or less, understandable by us (i.e., English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish) and which are in principle obtainable through normal library exchange traffic. We excluded unpublished conference papers and most unpublished PhD.-dissertations.
At the same time we started a systematic search for social cybernetics literature published in recent volumes of the General Systems Yearbook, Systems Research, and Kybernetes, and in recently published volumes on social cybernetics. The material collected through both procedures formed the point of departure of a 'snowball procedure', in which we scanned the references in the selected publications, for publications that had to be added to the list. Up till now, the result of this effort is a draft version of the bibliography, containing over 300 items.
However, we are convinced that there are still relevant publications lacking. We therefore strongly invite the reader to mention these missing publications to the editors, at the address of SISWO mentioned below. We hope that, with your help, the next version of this bibliography will be as complete as possible. Finally, we gratefully mention the assistance to the editors given by dr. Willem Verloren van Themaat of SISWO.

Felix Geyer & Johannes van der Zouwen

Preface to the second edition
Papers and books on social cybernetics published over the last three years, are added to this bibliography. Suggestions leading to a more complete bibliography are most welcome.

The editors

Preface to the third edition
Again, paper and books on social cybernetics published over the last four years, are added to this bibliography.Again, paper and books on sociocybernetics published over the last four years are added to this bibliography. As a result of recent developments, not least of all the recent growth of the ISA Working Group on Sociocybernetics which deals with both first-order and second-order cybernetics - as do developments in autopoiesis studies, chaos theory, complexity studies, etc. - we have decided not to keep up the distinction between social cybernetics and sociocybernetics made in the preface to the first edition, and consequently rename this third edition "Bibliography on Sociocybernetics". Again, suggestions leading to a more complete bibliography are most welcome..

The Editors

A list by alphabetical order

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M -N - Ñ - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

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