Turbulence and Relational Conjunctures: The Emergence of Morphogenic Environments

  • Andrea M. MaccariniEmail author
Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)


The aim of this chapter is to explore one particular way in which the current social dynamics may be developing into a ‘morphogenic society’. Its main concern is to outline some substantive features such an emerging societal formation could exhibit. The notion of social mechanism is central to this enterprise. The main thesis is that the conjuncture among various mechanisms is generating different niches or ‘environments’ within global society, which are possibly characterized by mutually opposed features. More precisely, the thesis is that the force of intensified morphogenesis is shaping organizations and big institutional complexes into social forms that could be described as ‘enclaves’ and ‘vortexes’, which emerge when social complexity tends to exceed the adaptive capacity of human individuals, groups or collectivities. A map of emergent social facts and entities is presented, clarifying the way in which their interrelations, under particular structural and cultural conditions, act as higher-order mechanisms giving rise to social forms that may be usefully characterized as enclaves or vortexes. The chapter goes on to illustrate some of the structural and cultural emergent properties of such environments, and the ways in which they may influence the quality of social life in the emerging morphogenic society. Among these, the negative consequences for cooperation and social integration are highlighted.


Unbound morphogenesis Complexity Enclave Vortex Cooperation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Law and International StudiesUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly

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