De la crisis a las transiciones críticas en sistemas complejos: Hacia una actualización de la teoría de sistemas sociales

  • Aldo Mascareño Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez


Social systems theory conceives of crises as a negative self-description of modern society that moves into action. In so doing, systems theory renounces to understand the mechanism producing social crises in complex societies. By means of the transdisciplinary theory of critical transitions, this article identifies the lock in mechanism as the key operation producing complex crises, and presents its main dynamics. This elicits three insights in systems theory: the autopoiesis maintains the continuity of the system but also may lead to its collapse; the self-description as crisis works as a device announcing the proximity of critical transitions; and the topology of critical transitions integrates society, nature, and technology. By means of these improvements, systems theory becomes better prepared to deal with the off-scale crisis affecting modern society in the last decades.


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How to Cite
MASCAREÑO, Aldo. De la crisis a las transiciones críticas en sistemas complejos: Hacia una actualización de la teoría de sistemas sociales. Theorein. Revista de Ciencias Sociales., [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 109-143, july 2018. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2018.