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Both Person A and Person B have meaning to themselves and others. From these assumptions the concept of double contingency is built. The achievement of our goals as social actors is contingent upon our successful cognition and manipulation of the environment. 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.

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These moves take place only when `meaningful actors' in society perceive a state of affairs to be unsatisfactory in some way because of some aspects of the social context. Social change then presupposes that the `meaningful actors' have some criteria to evaluate given situations. Social change is not an objective historical process that takes place beyond the perception and control of people within societies; social change must be viewed in relation to the social signi®cance that people place on issues and events within a social context.

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