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Sarah Drumm Development of Sociological Theory Assignment 9 April 30, 2007 Max Weber argues that we can not escape the iron cage of bureaucracy. In many ways I believe that he is right. “The Story of Qui Ju” was an excellent example of how bureaucracy is present even in the most personal of cases. When Qui Ju’s husband was kicked in the groin area by the village head, she went through several different layers of bureaucracy to try and attain a simple apology from the village head. The village head said that he would be willing to be kicked in the groin area to solve the dispute, but he would not apologize. That was not acceptable to Qui Ju, she wanted an apology from the village chief. Once she refused that solution she entered an escapable iron cage of bureaucracy. First she went to the doctor and received a written statement of the injury, and then she went to a mediator who issued the order that the chief should pay for medical bills and lost wages related to the injury. It was a matter of
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