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The Therapeutic Corporation : Studies on Law and Social Control - James Tucker

The Therapeutic Corporation

Studies on Law and Social Control

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780195111750
Number Of Pages: 197

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A growing number of contemporary organizations have management structures that are less centralized and hierarchical than the traditional bureaucratic model. This book takes a close look inside one such organization: an employee-owned manufacturing corporation. It addresses the question of how conflicts are handled when bureaucracy is greatly reduced--and its findings will surprise and enlighten many readers. Therapy, a behavior or practice normally thought to be confined to the offices of psychiatrists and the wards of mental hospitals, turns out to be the most common way of handling conflict in the postbureaucratic work environment. James Tucker reveals that this therapeutic system of social control contrasts sharply, and tellingly, with the more authoritative--often violent--systems of social control found in more centralized and hierarchical work settings, especially those of the past.

"A clearly organized and well-researched enthnographic analysis of a high-tech company (given the pseudonym HelpCo) located outside a small city in the eastern U.S.... Tucker's work is a welcomed and important contribution to the growing literature documenting these developments."--Social Forces

prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Helpco a Postbureaucratic Organizationp. 21
Therapeutic Managementp. 37
Therapeutic Peacemakingp. 69
Therapeutic Protestp. 97
Conclusionp. 121
Notesp. 129
Referencesp. 145
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780195111750
ISBN-10: 0195111753
Series: Studies on Law and Social Control
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 197
Published: 1st February 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.35