The Iron Cage Revisited: Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

1st Edition

R. Bruce Douglass

Routledge
Published October 17, 2019
Reference - 170 Pages
ISBN 9780367821166 - CAT# K459224
Series: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

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Summary

At the start of the twentieth century, when Germany, among other nations, was undergoing industrialization, Max Weber famously characterized modern life in words that have often been translated as "iron cage." During the industrial era, that image caught on and was often used by scholars to express concerns about the extent to which the actual character of modern life contradicted its emancipatory promise. But we are living in a different time now, when the conditions under which we live seem to be quite different from the ones that pertained in Weber's day. It is a time when, in some respects at least, life seems to be freer and more conducive to experimentation, which has led some people to conclude that our societies have escaped from Weber's "cage." But is that really true? This book challenges that notion, considering the consequences for our way of life of the triumph of neoliberalism as a political force.

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