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The Social Production of Indifference
by Michael Herzfeld
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-226-32908-6
Library of Congress Classification HM141.H47 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.35

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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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