World Society The Writings of John W. Meyer

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-06
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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John W. Meyer's work broke new grounds in institutional thought in sociology and made him a central thinker for the emerging interdisciplinary field of neoinstitutionalism, while at the same time establishing institutional thought's comparative variant, world society theory. His scholarship plays a prominent role in contemporary social theory, and has shaped research areas such as international relations and globalization, organization theory, and management studies. One of the results of Meyer's wide-ranging and interdisciplinary influence is that his work has appeared in a diverse range of outlets. This book brings together some of John W. Meyer's widely-scattered work, reviewing four decades of scholarship, and adding several original pieces from Meyer's current work. It gathers substantive commentary on social processes, from stratification to globalization to socialization, as well as on key social institutions, from science to religion to law to education. In its expansive review, this book is both about neoinstitutional thought in general and world society theory in particular. This book is both by John W. Meyer and about John W. Meyer: to the compilation of Meyer's canonized and current work, Georg Krucken and Gili S. Drori add an essay on the theoretical and empirical contribution of Meyer's institutional theory, placing it within the broader context of contemporary social theory, globalization research, and organizational studies in both in the United States and Europe.

Author Biography

Georg Krcken (Ph.D., Sociology; Bielefeld University, 1996) is Professor for Science Organization, Higher Education, and Science Management at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. Gili S. Drori (Ph.D., Sociology; Stanford University 1997) is a lecturer in Stanford University's International Relations Program and the Director of the International Relations Honors Program.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
Forewordp. ix
World Society: A Theory and a Research Program in Contextp. 3
Reflections: Institutional Theory and World Societyp. 36
Concepts and Processes
Rationalization: Ontology and Rationalization in the Western Cultural Accountp. 67
Myth and Ritual: Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremonyp. 89
Actorhood: The "Actors" of Modern Society: The Cultural Construction of Social Agencyp. 111
Diffusion: Institutional Conditions for Diffusionp. 136
Globalization: Globalization: Sources and Effects on National States and Societiesp. 156
The Nation-State: World Society and the Nation-Statep. 173
Education: The World Institutionalization of Educationp. 206
Environment: The Structuring of a World Environmental Regime, 1870-1990p. 222
Management: Globalization and the Expansion and Standardization of Managementp. 251
Science: World Society and the Authority and Empowerment of Sciencep. 261
Human Rights: World Society, the Welfare State, and the Life Course: An Institutionalist Perspectivep. 280
The Individual: The Profusion of Individual Roles and Identities in the Postwar Periodp. 296
Law: Modern Law as a Secularized and Global Model: Implications for the Sociology of Lawp. 320
The European Union: The European Union and the Globalization of Culturep. 344
Universities: The University in Europe and the World: Twentieth Century Expansionp. 355
Bibliography of John W. Meyer's Writingsp. 373
Indexp. 383
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