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ERIC Number: ED063179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 677
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A Humanistic Social Theory: A Human Systems Theory Applied to Youth, Higher Education, and Our Cultural Metamorphosis.
Roberts, Thomas Bradford
In this nontypical dissertation the author develops a McLuhan-like style of writing and presents a holistic, humanistic social theory. This dissertation is a break with past approaches because it makes the humanistic assumptions that human action is: 1) value-centered and, 2) intricately holistic. The humanistic approach overcomes some current problems of overspecialization and underemphasis of values in understanding human action. Also, it breaks with the current disciplinary techniques by exhibiting a value-systemed, holistic approach leading towards an interdisciplinary theory. The majority of this dissertation describes, formalizes, and shows uses of the humanistic general social systems theory. The thesis is that the self subsystem is becoming prevalent in our society, with the characteristics of idiosyncratic style, reference to oneself, a valuing orientation and self consciousness. Thus, the author blends the self subsystem with the expertise subsystem. He also emphasizes the importance of the internal interrelatedness, interdependence, and circularity within a system of thought. The dissertation's three sections are: 1) theory, 2) the theory as a set of concepts for reanalyzing some studies of higher education, and 3) the theory as a base for applications and speculations in higher education, society, and the social sciences. (Author/AWW)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.