From Iron Cage to Pigeon House: The Birth of Reflexive Authority

Share/Save/Bookmark

Hoogenboom, Marcel and Ossewaarde, Ringo (2005) From Iron Cage to Pigeon House: The Birth of Reflexive Authority. Organization Studies, 26 (4). pp. 601-619. ISSN 0170-8406

[img]PDF
Restricted to UT campus only
: Request a copy
127Kb
Abstract:In recent years, Weber’s image of the ‘iron cage’ has been challenged by the sociologists Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens. They claim that this image no longer applies to the late modern world we are entering. In the late modern era, individuals, institutions and organizations have become or will become reflexive, and as a consequence the iron cage of rationalization is opening. In this article, the authors largely subscribe to the theories of Beck and Giddens though formulate two objections. First, they demonstrate that the theories each illuminate only one level of social life in late modernity and should be combined. Second, they claim that in the theories of Beck and Giddens a search for a possible integrating phenomenon is largely missing. By combining the theories they disentangle a new form of integration, which may emerge in late modernity. This new form of integration they dub 'reflexive authority'

Item Type:Article
Copyright:© 2005 Sage
Faculty:
Management and Governance (SMG)
Research Group:
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/60124
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840605051475
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Metis ID: 227779