This book provides a reassessment of the significance of Max
Weber's work for the current debates about the institutional and
organizational dynamics of modernity. It re-evaluates Weber's
sociology of bureaucracy and his general account of the trajectory
of modernity with reference to the strategic social structures that
dominated the emergence and development of modern society. Included
here are detailed analyses of contemporary issues such as the
collapse of communism, fordism, coporatism and traditionalism in
both Western and Eastern societies. All of the contributors are
scholars of international repute. They undertake analyses of
Weber's texts and his broader intellectual inheritance to reassert
the centrality of Weberian sociology for our understanding of the
moral, political and organizational dilemmas of late modernity.
These analyses challenge orthodox readings of Weber as the prophet
of the iron cage. Instead they offer interpretations of his work
which emphasize the reality of modernity as a dual process with the
potential for both disarticulation of rational structures and
deeper colonization of daily life. Not only is this book essential
reading for Weber specialists but it also provides compelling
analyses of modernity and the inherently contingent nature of
global cultural and stuctural transformation. Martin Albrow,
Roehampton Institute; Stewart Clegg, University of Western Sydney;
David Chalcraft, Oxford Brookes University; John Eldridge, Glasgow
University; Larry J
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