Linguistic communication through space - the potential of systems theory
|FRANZ STEINER VERLAG GMBH
This article examines the potential of the sociological systems theory developed by Niklas Luhmann for the analysis of spaces constructed through language. Following an analysis of the relationship between communication and language in accordance with systems theory, space is conceptualized as a medium of both communication and perception. The role played by (socially constructed) spatial forms in the development of social structures thereby emerges as one of the key issues in social geography. Following a discussion of the methodological implications of this perspective, the final section illustrates its potential using the example of the semantics Of urban tourism and alternatives for its analysis.
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