Mass Society, Pluralism, and Bureaucracy: Explication, Assessment, and Commentary

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Political Science - 215 pages
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Three major social theories--mass society, pluralism, and bureaucracy--are often employed to interpret and explain modern societies. Although frequently invoked, the theories themselves are poorly understood. This book seeks to clarify the background, context, and major arguments of the theories, assess the claims and validity of each, provide expert commentary, and suggest avenues for further work in each area. Drawing on work in the humanities, history, sociology, economic history, and political science, Hamilton is able to provide readers with a clear, concise, and accurate overview of the adequacy of these theories as well as their empirical validity.

Beginning with the mass society theory, Hamilton offers a systematic empirical assessment of its major tenets and its abundant shortcomings. While the validity of the mass society theory does not hold up, there is more support for pluralism, and Hamilton adeptly assesses its arguments while suggesting a more realistic and partitive reading of the theory. And while the image of an all-pervasive and growing bureaucracy seems to overwhelm society, Hamilton argues that the theory seriously misrepresents the character of modern life. Working through each of these theories using an integrated approach, the author concludes each assessment with suggestions for which elements of the theory should be retained, which should be reworked, and which should be discarded altogether.

 

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Contents

Mass Society
7
Table 11
17
Table 12
18
Table 13
19
Table 14
22
MASS SOCIETY 23
23
MASS SOCIETY 27
27
Table 17
30
82 MASS SOCIETY PLURALISM AND BUREAUCRACY
82
Table 24
84
86 MASS SOCIETY PLURALISM AND BUREAUCRACY
86
Bureaucracy
125
Table 31
132
Table 32
135
Table 33
136
Table 34
137

Table 18
33
Table 19
34
Table 110
35
Table 111
36
MASS SOCIETY 37
37
Table 113
41
Pluralism
67
Table 21
77
7S MASS SOCIETY PLURALISM AND BUREAUCRACY
78
Table 35
139
Table 36
143
Social Theories and Social Research
163
Sociability and Satisfaction A Multiple Regression Analysis Young Ho Kim
187
Table AI
188
Table A2
189
Bibliography
191
Index
213
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RICHARD F. HAMILTON, a specialist in political and historical sociology, is a Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. He is now a research associate at the University's Mershon Center. His eight previous books have brought evidence to bear on a wide range of theories and hypotheses focused on the experience of the United States, Germany, France, and Britain. His previous book Marxism, Revisionism, and Leninism (Greenwood, 2000) is a companion to this volume.

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