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To view change in the education system as a process of structural differentiation alone, seeing educational change as adaptation to industrial development, underestimates the role of social movements in various con¯icts and compromises. As Smelser points out, how would a simple functionalist account explain that nineteenth-century Ireland had a more `advanced' educational system than England for several decades? Educational history should be seen as `a series of sequences of realignment 34 Functionalist Perspectives of forces, group dissatisfaction, mobilization and con¯ict, resolution and the establishment of a new balance' (Smelser, 1991: 26).
For Luhmann a differentiated system is not simply a relationship between a number of parts. Systems are made up of a large number of system/ environmental oppositions, which are in their own way engaged in different processes of reconstituting a social system as a synthesis of subsystems and environment. Everything which is part of the system is involved in these processes of self-production. The elements which make up the system have no given period of life; everything must be continually reproduced.
A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory (Theory, Culture & Society) by Shaun Best