Social entropy

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Social entropy is a sociological theory that evaluates social behaviours using a method based on the second law of thermodynamics.[1][2] The equivalent of entropy in a social system is considered to be wealth or residence location.[3] The theory was introduced by Kenneth D. Bailey in 1990.[4]


  1. ^ "Social Entropy: A Paradigmatic Approach of the second law of thermodynamics to an unusual domain". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ Tsekov, Roumen (2023). "Social Thermodynamics 2.0". arXiv:2307.05984. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Parra-Luna, Francisco (2009). Systems Science and Cybernetics- Volume I. p. 165. ISBN 978-1848262027.
  4. ^ Ritzer, George (2004). Encyclopedia of Social Theory. p. 314. ISBN 1452265461.

Further reading[edit]

  • Klaus Krippendorff's Dictionary of Cybernetics (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Kenneth D. Bailey (1990). Social Entropy Theory. Albany, New York: State University of New York (SUNY) Press. ISSN 1094-429X