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The Social Production of Indifference : Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy - Michael Herzfeld

The Social Production of Indifference

Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy

Paperback Published: 1st December 1993
ISBN: 9780226329086
Number Of Pages: 224

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Herzfeld argues that "modern" bureaucratically regulated societies are no more "rational" or less "symbolic" than the societies traditionally studied by anthropologists. He suggests that we cannot understand national bureaucracies divorced from local-level ideas about chance, personal character, social relationships and responsibility.
"Herzfeld's book is extremely ambitious and will be of interest to any anthropologist concerned with the study of bureaucracy, organizational and institutional control, symbols and their power, and social conflict. . . . Thoughtful and challenging."--Helen B. Schwartzman, "American Ethnologist"

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Social Production of Indifference
One World or Two?
The Roots of Indifference
The Creativity of Stereotypes
The Language Fetish
Retrospective Fatalities
Declassifications
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226329086
ISBN-10: 0226329089
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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