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Information Space (RLE: Organizations) by Max Boisot

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Chapter 6

ABSTRACT

Various students of culture take the structuring and sharing of information as central to their definition of culture. Structuring involves codification and abstraction and sharing involves diffusion. It follows from such definitions that a political economy of information implies a theory of culture and that cultural processes can be viewed as attempts at economizing on social information processing.

The SLC integrates a number of anthropological perspectives on culture – i.e., materialism, idealism, structuralism, culturalism, etc. – which, when analysed statically, have appeared to be in opposition to one another.

In the l-space, we distinguish between centripetal and centrifugal cultures. The first ...

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