This article addresses the relationship between structuralism, especially the anthropological version of the latter in Levi-Strauss, and the theory of social systems of Luhmann. The analysis is done through two hypotheses guiding the development of the text. It reviews the historical background relating structuralism with systems theory and discusses the fundamental concepts that appear in this relationship. Luhmann’s systems thinking is then contrasted, focusing on some of its central concepts, with the structuralist perspective of Lévi-Strauss. The paper concludes with a review of the hypotheses presented and comprehensive reflections about the perspective of social systems. Relevance: The paper focusses on the relationships between anthropological structuralism and cybernetics and social systems theory.
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