The Social Production of Indifference by Michael HerzfeldThe Social Production of Indifference by Michael Herzfeld

The Social Production of Indifference

byMichael Herzfeld

Paperback | October 1, 1993

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Herzfeld argues that "modern" bureaucratically regulated societies are no more "rational" or less "symbolic" than the societies traditionally studied by anthropologists. He suggests that we cannot understand national bureaucracies divorced from local-level ideas about chance, personal character, social relationships and responsibility.

"Herzfeld's book is extremely ambitious and will be of interest to any anthropologist concerned with the study of bureaucracy, organizational and institutional control, symbols and their power, and social conflict. . . . Thoughtful and challenging."—Helen B. Schwartzman, American Ethnologist
Title:The Social Production of IndifferenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:207 pages, 8.51 × 5.59 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 1993Publisher:University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226329089

ISBN - 13:9780226329086


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Social Production of Indifference
1. One World or Two?
2. The Roots of Indifference
3. The Creativity of Stereotypes
4. The Language Fetish
5. Retrospective Fatalities
6. Declassifications