There is an almost indisputable need — for both the human and the social sciences on the one hand, and societal practice on the other — for a conception capable of relating the particular to the universal, the sectoral to the general, in order to unify our vision and comprehension of the world. Never before, in truth, have we witnessed or participated in such an intensely varied range of societal units and processes. And this at the very time when gigantic strides in scientific discoveries and their technological applications are coupled with global systems, in the guise of ideologies, blue-prints for world systems, prospective Utopias and the like.
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