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Bureaucracy Friday, April 13, 2012 11:51 AM What is a bureaucratic organization, how does it work, and what does it do? o Bureaucratic form of organization spreads through modern society and organizes our lives It's common to gov't, corporate world, military world…anywhere you have a big problem to solve, bureaucracy is the answer o Example - Rutgers - it has to feed ppl, house ppl, get ppl to classes, provide internet everywhere - only way you can do that is to break up the problems into smaller bits - put in offices - assign jobs o Bureaucracy is the modern response to every big problem o 2 Economies on the verge of collapse. What saved it was a big stimulus package -> fed gov't pumps a bunch of money into the economy. Decreased(?) knowledge of how things works allowed them to take some action. Another example: huge airplanes. How does it fly? Scientists figure out how the mechanics work, etc. we take this for granted Max Weber's Vision o One of the founding fathers of sociology, German o Distinctive vision of modern society - It's becoming Increasingly rationalized. Example argument, holy scripture: Everything revolves around us, "I am the master of the universe" Other Argument, rational: earth revolves around the sun/sun is not perfect sphere There's empirical evidence, scientific method But Galileo got arrested for it b/c it went against religious authority Perfectly exemplified rationalist urge that is so distinctive about modern society o Which is questioning how the natural and social world work as according the scientific method o Irrationalism: Cardinals' condemnation of Galileo Galilei "We say, pronounce, sentence and declare that you, Galileo, by reason of these things which have been detailed in the trial and which you have confessed already, have rendered yourself according to this Holy Office vehemently suspect of heresy, namely of having held and believed a doctrine that is false and contrary to the divine and Holy Scripture: namely that Sun
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  • Spring '10
  • MCDOWELL
  • Sociology, Bureaucratic organization

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