The Improvising Society sheds new light on the complexity of today's society. Feelings of chaos and confusion are common. There is discontent among citizens, and uncertainty and lack of direction among administrators, managers, and public officials. It seems as though no one has a clear perspective on what is happening to society, and yet - perhaps we have overlooked something?
Hans Boutellier is general director of the Verwey-Jonker Institute and special professor of Security and Citizenship at VU University Amsterdam. He has published extensively on public morality, criminality and security. His previous books have been translated into English and French.
Foreword to the English Edition; Part I Complexity without Direction; 1 A First Exploration; 2 Between Rage and Identity; Part II Three Programs for Social Order; 3 The Dutch "Cultural War"; 4 Safe New World; 5 Participation as Panacea; Part III The Order of Improvisation; 6 The Nodal Universe; 7 Normative Direction; 8 The Improvising Society; Concluding Remarks: The Dynamics of Organized Freedom; Epilogue