How Institutions Think

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"First published in 1986 Mary Douglas' theory of institutions uses the sociological theories of Emile Durkheim and Ludwig Fleck to determine not only how institutions think, but also the extent to which thinking itself is dependent upon institutions. Different kinds of institutions allow individuals to think different kinds of thoughts and to respond to different emotions. It is just as difficult to explain how individuals come to share the categories of their thought as to explain how they ever manage to sink their private interests for a common good.
 

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Ever since the time of Descartes, and very probably since the time of the ancient Greeks, we have been deeply enamored with the idea that we - conscious, rational, decision-making beings - control the ... Read full review

Contents

Institutions Cannot Have Minds of Their Own
9
Smallness of Scale Discounted
21
How Latent Groups Survive
31
Institutions Are Founded on Analogy
45
Institutions Confer Identity
55
Institutions Remember and Forget
69
A Case of Institutional Forgetting
81
Institutions Do the Classifying
91
Institutions Make Life and Death Decisions
111
Bibliography
129
Index
141
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