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Infosocionomics

情報社会学

Infosocionomics is a newly proposed field of social science by Prof. Dr. Shumpei Kumon (ex-President of Society of Infosocionomics, President of Glo-SAI) in the “Naha Declaration” of July, 2000.

Since the end of the 20th century, tremendous developments of digital technology in various fields has brought the modern world into a new stage, namely the informatized society. The features of the informatized society are fundamentally different from those of previous stages of the modern society. Infosocionomics is specifically designed field of social science to analyze the features of the informatized society.

The fundamental concept of Infosocionomics is super-imposition of the three dynamisms, namely the political dynamism, the economic dynamism and the social dynamism. All incidents and events that took place in the modern society since the middle of the 16th century are recognyzed as the results of overlapping (super-imposition) of these dynamisms.

The researches of social science, however, have not yet established a sophisticated modality that precisely reflects this three-dynamism perspective. Political science, for example, mainly analyzes political issues, leaving economic and social issues out of its academic framework. Economics mainly analyzes economic issues, leaving political and social issues. Recently many researches of economics analyze DX (Digital Transformation) or digitization. In those researches, however, the core features of social activities or informatization have fallen off the scope.

Therefore, we conclude that we need to establish a new research framework that can cover-- the three dynamisms simultaneously, especially exploring the core features of informatization. That is the Infosocionomics.

In fact, the Infosonionomcs proposed in the “Naha Declaration” was based on the keen awareness of this problem, which led to establishment of the Society of Infosocionomics in 2005. Shumpei Kumon was inaugurated the first President of the society.

The Infosocionomics Modernization Model

The core philosophy of Infosocionomics is crystalized in the Infosocionomics Modernization Model, created by Prof. Dr. Shumpei Kumon.
This model aims at unlocking the basic architecture of modernization, depending on two fundamental concepts.
The first concept is the super-imposition of three dynamisms, namely, nationalization (the political dynamism), industrialization (the economic dynamism) and informatization (the social dynamism).
The second concept is the time sequential phase-transfiguration pattern of the status of the modern social system.
The process of phase-transfiguration places the three phases in a sigmoid curve, namely, the emergence phase, the breakthrough phase and the maturity phase.

Statization had launched in the middle of the 16th century.
During the period between the middle of 16th century and the middle of 18th century, the dominant feature of statization was sovereign states building (Statization Ⅰ).
The period between the middle of 18th century and the middle of 20th century, the dominant feature of statization was nation-states building (Statization Ⅱ).
Since the middle of 20th century, integrated-states building has been progressing more significantly.

We can summarize the Status Quo of statization as the super-imposed status of the maturity phase of Statization Ⅱ(nation-states building) and the emergence phase of Statization Ⅲ(integrated-states building).
At this moment, the majority of existing states are nation-states, holding the dominant authority in the world system.
We need to notice, at the same time, however, the importance of a new polity of integrated-states, enhancing progressively day by day.

Industrialization had launched in the middle of 18th century.
The period between the middle of 18th century and the middle of 20th century, the dominant feature of industrialization has been labor-centric industrialization (automation, IndustrializationⅠ).
Since the middle of 20th century, intelligence-centric industrialization (autonomation, IndustrialiationⅡ) has been taking the position of the significant feature progressively.

We can summarize the Status Quo of industrialization as the super-imposed status of the maturity phase of IndustrializationⅠ(labor-centric industrialization) and the emergence phase of IndustrializationⅡ(intelligence-centric industrialization).
At this moment, the majority number of industrial firms engage in labor-centric industrialization, and labor-centric industrialization hold the dominant authority in the world economic system.
We need to notice, at the same time, the importance of the new modality of intelligence-centric industrialization which has been enhancing progressively day by day.

Informatization has launched in the middle of 20th century, and overall digitization of the society has been on progress.

According to our model, one can expect the emergence of a new phase of informatization (InformatizationⅡ) in the middle of 22nd century, though it is not sure.

Following the above results, we can draw out the Doctrine of the Infosocionomics Modernization Model, that states that the basic architecture of the Status Quo of the modern social system is a kind of equilibrium in the super-imposition of the three factors. Namely, the combination of (a) the maturity phase of nation-states building, (b) the emergence phase of integrated-states building, and (c) the super-imposition of the maturity phase of labor-centric industrialization and the emergence phase of intelligence-centric industrialization.

The Doctrine of the Infosocionomics Modernization Model will be described in a formula:

The Doctrine of the Infosocionomics Modernization Model

The Architecture of the Present Modern Society
= (Nation-States Building + Integrated-States Building)
+ (Labor-Centric Industrialization + Intelligence-Centric
Industrialization)
+ Informatization

In another terminology,

The Doctrine of the Infosocionomics Modernization Model

= (The Maturity Phase of NationalizationⅡ + The Breakthrough Phase of NationalizationⅢ)
+ (The Maturity Phase of IndustrializationⅠ+ The Emergence Phase of Industrialization Ⅱ)
+ The Emergence Phase of Informatization