Drawing on the Luhmannian reading of objects as self-referential constructs, this theoretical reflection explores some possible synergies between topological thinking and Social Systems theory, in order to account on the issue of object formation from a spatial perspective. By discussing the dynamics between different modes of observing and the emergence of systems’ functions, I argue that the operative space of systems, mobilised as a communication medium, channels the emergence of particular object configurations, while obstructing others. I elaborate on this perspective to provide a possible way of addressing the interplay between objects and the operative space of systems, through a topological understanding of observation. There is a brief conclusion pointing to the main challenges and potential of further developing these ideas.
|Title of host publication||Evolutionary Governance Theory: Theory and Applications|
|Editors||R. Raoul, K. van Assche, M. Duineveld|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||348|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|