Starting from the theory of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann, it is possible to describe the relationship between copmmunication and individual thought in a new perspective. Thought is the autonomous production of a psychic system. Communication is the autonomous production of a social system. The relationiship between psychic systems and social systems can be defined as "structural coupling". Such a coupling is realized in two steps. First a single communicaton and a single thought happen simultaneously, and this allows the ibndividual to think what he or she is understanding in communication. In this way, communication forms (social structures) may perturb a psychic system. Second, meaningful information about the perturbing social structures is produce in the psychic system, depending on psychic structures. Thanks to this autonomous production of meaning, a psychic system can be unique. It is necessary to describe both the structural coupling and the two different kinds of coupled structures; the social structures shaping the perturbing communication and the psychic structures shaping the meaning of the perturbation. The communciation theory called coordinated management of meaning (CMM) provides an interesting description of the effects of structural coupling for individuals. The theory of structural couplng seems a promising way to explain how individual autonomy can be based on communication, avoiding harsh debates between individualism and collectivism.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||1993|
|Titolo:||Structural Coupling: Simultaneity and Difference between Communication and Thought|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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