Deep Change and Emergent Structures in Global Society

Explorations in Social Morphogenesis

  • Andrea M. Maccarini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Morphogenetic Approach: Debates and Extensions

  3. An Outline of the Morphogenic Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Andrea M. Maccarini
      Pages 153-183
  4. Humanity Counts. Anthropological Consequences of Unbound Morphogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Andrea M. Maccarini
      Pages 283-287

About this book


This book addresses the problem of the transition to new forms of social order in the global world. As a haunting sense of historical discontinuity pervades Western societies, it offers a fresh perspective on the issue, focusing on two basic coordinates to pinpoint the developmental path of rapidly changing societies: one is the mechanism of unfettered social morphogenesis and the other is the specific kind of societal unification brought about by globalization, with the related closure of the world. The book draws on the theoretical work produced in the five volumes of the Springer series ‘’Social Morphogenesis’’ and applies it in a sustained and concerted approach to the empirical examination of macro-social change.

The first part of the book presents the social ontology of the morphogenetic approach, and discusses its capacity to interpret macrosocial transitions. The second part then draws a prospective outline of the social formation known as the ‘morphogenic society,’ showing how unbound morphogenesis in a globalized world shapes such crucial phenomena as social norms, war and violence, openness and closure as adaptive responses from social organizations. Lastly, the third part examines the anthropological consequences of these societal trends, focusing on self and character as well as on human fulfillment and the ‘good life’.


Morphogenic Society Late Modernity Regularities and Social Ontology Unbound Morphogenesis Human Pressure Character in the New Social Order Morphogenetic Approach to Sociological Theory Contemporary Social Trends Human Lifestyles and Personhood Human Enhancement Techniques Education and Character Skills War and Violence Happiness and Human Flourishing Social Meanings of Transcendence

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea M. Maccarini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Law and International StudiesUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13623-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13624-6
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