The Social Production of Indifference

Paperback | October 1, 1993

byMichael Herzfeld

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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

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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....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:207 pages, 8.51 × 5.59 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 1993Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226329089

ISBN - 13:9780226329086

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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
References
Index