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dc.contributor.authorÅkerström, Malin
dc.contributor.authorJacobsson, Katarina
dc.contributor.authorAndersson Cederholm, Erika
dc.contributor.authorWästerfors, David
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-20T08:10:21Z
dc.date.available2021-04-20T08:10:21Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20210420_9781000392272_14
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/47882
dc.description.abstractThis book argues that the expansion of administrative activities in today’s working life is driven not only by pressure from above, but also from below. The authors examine the inner dynamics of people-processing organizations—those formally working for clients, patients, or students—to uncover the hidden attractions of doing administrative work, despite all the complaints and laments about "too many meetings" or "too much paperwork." There is something appealing to those compelled to participate in today’s constantly multiplying and expanding administration that defies popular framings of it as merely pressure from above. Hidden Attractions of Administration shows in detail the emotional attractiveness, moral conflicts, and almost magical features that administrative tasks often entail in today’s organizations, supported by ethnographic studies consisting of over 200 qualitative interviews and participant observations from ten organizational settings and contexts across Sweden. The authors also question and complement explanations in administration-related research that have previously been taken for granted, arguing that it is a simplification to attribute all aspects of the change to New Public Management and instead taking into account what the classic sociologist Georg Simmel called anEigendynamik: a self-reinforcing tendency that, under certain circumstances, needs only a nudge in an administrative direction to get going. By applying ethnography to issues of bureaucratization and meeting cultures and by drawing on findings in emotional sociology and social anthropology, this volume contributes to both the sociology of work and the study of human service organizations and will appeal to scholars and students working across both areas.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRoutledge Studies in the Sociology of Work, Professions and Organisations
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHB Sociologyen_US
dc.subject.otheradministration
dc.subject.otheradministrative work
dc.subject.otherattractions
dc.subject.otherbureaucratization
dc.subject.otherdocuments
dc.subject.otherEigendynamik
dc.subject.otheremotional attrativeness
dc.subject.otheremotional sociology
dc.subject.otherhuman service organizations
dc.subject.othermeetings
dc.subject.othermeeting cultures
dc.subject.othermoral conflicts
dc.subject.otherNew Public Management
dc.subject.otherpressure from above
dc.subject.otherpressure from below
dc.subject.otherSimmel
dc.subject.othersociology of organizations
dc.subject.othersociology of work
dc.subject.otherworking life
dc.subject.otherwork dynamics
dc.titleHidden Attractions of Administration
dc.title.alternativeThe Peculiar Appeal of Meetings and Documents
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.4324/9781003108436
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy7b3c7b10-5b1e-40b3-860e-c6dd5197f0bb
oapen.relation.isbn9781000392272
oapen.relation.isbn9781003108436
oapen.relation.isbn9780367622268
oapen.relation.isbn9780367622275
oapen.imprintRoutledge
oapen.pages170


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