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Observing Protest Organizations as Social Systems

The Popular Front Francisco Villa’s Media Diffusion Articulation of Political Subjectivities among Workers

Edgar Everardo Guerra Blanco

This article draws on social systems theory to explore a key phenomenon in social movements: organizations. The Frente Popular Francisco Villa (PFFV)—an organization related to the Urban Popular Movement in Mexico—is used as a case study. The research focuses on the internal dynamics that have steered this organization and propelled internal changes in some of its key aspects, especially media diffusion and propaganda strategy. Indeed, the media strategy employed by the organization have changed during the 30-yearhistory of the PFFV, not only on the basis of the programmatic goals and objectives of the organization, but also as a consequence of internal and external dynamics beyond the control of members and leaders. The main objectives of this analysis are threefold. First, I intend to uncover the main processes and structures that regulate the PFFV´s internal dynamic and changes over time. Second, I aim to analyze the relationships between these changes and the requirements of several organizations and actors in the environment of the PFFV. Finally, I aim to explore the impact of broader processes (such as the political system or the culture) on the organization's internal changes.

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Ronald Stade

to behaviorism, cybernetics, and systems theory more generally. The odd combination of peace politics and objectifying positivist science (see Stade 2005 ) gave birth to concepts like structural violence (that is, deprivation, repression, alienation

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Milja Kurki

literatures on the Anthropocene, posthumanism, ecologism, and complex systems theory have been for some years trying to “help” the humans to rethink their condition in open systems. Below I suggest they also help us start to rethink democracy and possibly the

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Shelling from the ivory tower

Project Camelot and the post–World War II operationalization of social science

Philip Y. Kao

comparative analysis between the conflict case studies and the (theoretical) social systems study; and (5) manual and machine simulation. To begin with, the theoretical design was inspired by Talcott Parsons’s (1937 , 1991 ) social system theory, which was

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Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life

Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research

Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl

embeddedness in everyday practices of food supply. Food Supply as a Social-Ecological Provisioning System (Systems Approach) So far, the empirical investigation of SRN has been developed within a systems theory framework ( Mehring et al. 2017 ). SRN are

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Introduction

Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

-outdated world-systems theory, and is also based on contested definitions of destination and host country ( Schapendonk 2017 ). Nevertheless, this framework is intentionally applied by actual and self-imagined destination countries to suit their political agendas

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Distributional Concept Analysis

A Computational Model for History of Concepts

Peter De Bolla, Ewan Jones, Paul Nulty, Gabriel Recchia, and John Regan

Julian Bauer, “From ‘Organisms to World Society’: Steps toward a Conceptual History of Systems Theory, 1880–1980,” Contributions to the History of Concepts 9, no. 2 (2014): 51–72, here 54; José María Rosales, “Liberalism's Historical Diversity: A