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Communicative Action, Reflexivity, and Innovation Society

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Knoblauch, Hubert

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Corporate Editor Technische Universität Berlin, Fak. VI Planen, Bauen, Umwelt, Institut für Soziologie Fachgebiet Techniksoziologie
Abstract On the basis of the historical discourse on innovation, the paper argues that the transformation of modern society is related to the rise of innovation (1). Because of the lack of a sociological notion, the paper then proposes (2) a theoretical framework, communicative constructivism, which opens the way to a general sociological notion of innovation. This notion includes the concept of “reflexivity” and, reflexive innovation (3), which forms the basis for the concept of the “innovation society,” which in turn allows us to grasp the increasing significance of innovation and creativity in recent years (4).
Keywords communicative action; constructivism; reflexivity; innovation; social actor; definition; social change; meaning; theory formation; creativity
Classification Sociology
Free Keywords Innovation Society
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 21 p.
Status Primary Publication; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works