A Pause in the Impatience of Things: Notes on Formal Organization, the Bureaucratic Ethos, and Speed

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Resumé

This chapter argues that “speed,” or lack thereof, lies at the heart of much that has been written about bureaucracy generally, and about Max Weber’s theory of bureaucracy in particular. On the one hand, within sociology and social theory, Weber is regarded as one of the chief critics of bureaucracy’s inherent “dark side.” In this reading, formality, precision, efficiency, and speed, taken together, allow bureaucracy to subordinate everyday life to the diktats of instrumental rationalization. On the other, Weber is viewed as a misguided celebrant of bureaucracy because he pays too much attention to formal rationality and not enough to its inherent dysfunctions. Here, innovation, flexibility, and speed are on the side of the post-bureaucratic organization. This chapter interrogates these contrasting stories about bureaucracy and suggests a more complex account of the relationship between the ethos of bureaucratic office and “speed.”
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Sociology of Speed : Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities
RedaktørerJudy Wajcman, Nigel Dodd
Udgivelses stedOxford
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdato2017
Sider86-101
Kapitel6
ISBN (Trykt)9780198782858
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780198782865
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

Emneord

  • Bureaucracy
  • Speed
  • Weber
  • Organizations
  • Rationality

Citer dette

du Gay, P. (2017). A Pause in the Impatience of Things: Notes on Formal Organization, the Bureaucratic Ethos, and Speed. I J. Wajcman, & N. Dodd (red.), The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities (s. 86-101). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782858.003.0007
du Gay, Paul. / A Pause in the Impatience of Things : Notes on Formal Organization, the Bureaucratic Ethos, and Speed. The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities. red. / Judy Wajcman ; Nigel Dodd. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. s. 86-101
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The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities. red. / Judy Wajcman; Nigel Dodd. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. s. 86-101.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

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