A Sociology of the Total Organization: Atomistic Unity in by Mikaela Sundberg

By Mikaela Sundberg

interpreting the association of way of life contained in the regiments of the French overseas Legion, this e-book takes its theoretical element of departure within the concept of the voluntary overall association; that's to claim, an establishment that constitutes a geographically delimited position of place of dwelling and paintings within which inmates are voluntarily separated from the surface international, top an enclosed, officially administered lifestyles. knowledgeable through a changed model of Goffman's unique proposal of the entire establishment, A Sociology of the complete Organization untangles the international Legion and the ways that other kinds of social orders interaction there. With a spotlight on regimental lifestyles, the writer characterizes the militia not just as a complete association, but in addition as a grasping one, looking undivided loyalty and the incorporation of all social roles inside of its bounds. by contrast figuring out, the booklet attracts on wealthy ethnographic paintings to enhance the concept of atomistic team spirit, the right relational that exists within the army, within which participants decide to a unit and articulate ties with participants on an impersonal foundation, grounded within the trust in a better entire. an in depth and empirically grounded examine of the mechanisms during which the international Legion not just cuts contributors' ties to humans outdoor the association, but in addition restricts the construction and upkeep of ties between its participants, this booklet exhibits how atomistic cohesion isn't restricted to grasping agencies equivalent to the army, yet applies to quite a few collectivist settings. As such, it's going to attract students of sociology and anthropology with pursuits in army existence, social kin, social conception and the paintings of Goffman.

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