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Patricia Bromley and John W. Meyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689859.001.0001

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Cultural foundations: science, empowerment, education

Cultural foundations: science, empowerment, education

(p.61) 3 Cultural foundations: science, empowerment, education

Patricia Bromley

John W. Meyer

Oxford University Press

The worldwide expansion in formal organizations in the contemporary period is rooted in dramatic changes in dominant cultural frames. The post-war world was one of expanding actual and perceived interdependence, with authority shifting from nation-states to expanding cultural controls. Science and social science provided a base on which orderly rule systems could be promulgated. Empowered and standardized individuals, schooled in a common global educational culture, provided an ontological base on which collective action could be grounded. In worlds where science, rights, and education are more pervasive, there are more things to formally organize around, more prescriptions about how to organize, and more people equipped to do the organizing. The organizations involved can reach into more and more aspects of human life, and any given structure is likely to be hyper-organized beyond any locally functional or rational requirements.

Keywords:   cultural controls, science, rights, empowerment, education, hyper-organized, individuals

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