John W. Meyer's work broke new grounds in institutional thought in sociology and made him a central thinker for the emerging interdisciplinary field of neo-institutionalism, while at the same time establishing institutional thought's comparative variant, world society theory. His scholarship plays a prominent role in contemporary social theory, and has shaped research areas such as international relations and globalization, organization theory, and management studies.
One of the results of Meyer's wide-ranging and interdisciplinary influence is that his work has appeared in a diverse range of outlets. This book brings together some of John W. Meyer's widely-scattered work, reviewing four decades of scholarship, and adding several original pieces from Meyer's current work. It gathers substantive commentary on social processes, from stratification to globalization to socialization, as well as on key social institutions, from science to religion to law to education. In its expansive review, this book is both about neo-institutional thought in general and world society theory in particular.
This book is both by John W. Meyer and about John W. Meyer: to the compilation of Meyer's canonized and current work, Georg KrA1/4cken and Gili S. Drori add an essay on the theoretical and empirical contribution of Meyer's institutional theory, placing it within the broader context of contemporary social theory, globalization research, and organizational studies in both in the United States and Europe.
PART I: OVERVIEW; 1. World Society: A Theory and a Research Program in Context; 2. Reflections: Institutional Theory and World Society; PART II: CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES; 3. Rationalization: Ontology and Rationalization in the Western Cultural Account; 4. Myth and Ritual: Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth; 5. Actorhood: The "Actors" of Modern Society: The Cultural Construction of Social Agency; 6. Diffusion: Institutional Conditions for Diffusion; 7. Globalization: Sources and Effects on National States and Societies; PART III: APPLICATIONS; 8. The Nation-State: World Society and the Nation-State; 9. Education: The World Institutionalization of Education; 10. Environment: the Structuring of a World Environmental Regime, 1870-1990; 11. Management: Globalization and the Expansion and Standardization of Management; 12. Science: World Society and the Authority and Empowerment of Science; 13. Human Rights: World Society, the Welfare State, and the Life Course: An Institutionalist Perspective; 14. The Individual: The Profusion of Individual Roles and Identities in the Postwar Period; 15. Law: Modern Law as a Secularized and Global Model: Implications for the Sociology of Law; 16. The European Union: The European Union and the Globalization of Culture; 17. Universities: the University in Europe and the World: Twentieth Century Expansion; PART IV: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MEYER'S WRITINGS
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.6