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Author Åkerström, Malin, author.

Title Hidden attractions of administration : the peculiar appeal of meetings and documents / Malin Åkerström, Katarina Jacobsson, Erika Andersson Cederholm and David Wästerfors.

Publication Info. New York : Routledge, 2021.
© 2021.


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Edition First Edition.
Description 1 online resource.
Series Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Work, Professions and Organisations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Eigendynamik -- The administration society -- Seductive gatherings -- Sneaky work and aways -- A spark of magic -- Beauty and boost -- Spirals of meetings and documents -- Dramatizing administrative skills -- Muddy transparency -- The devotion to teaching -- Magic, emotions and morality.
Summary "This 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 an ethnographic study consisting of over 200 qualitative interviews and participant observations from 10 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 an Eigendynamik: 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Biography Malin Åkerstrm̲ is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden. Katarina Jacobsson is a professor of social work in the School of Social Work, Lund University, Sweden. Erika Andersson Cederholm is an associate professor in the Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden. David Ws̃terfors is aprofessor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden.
Subject Ethnology -- Fieldwork -- Sweden.
Human services -- Sweden -- Administration.
Social work administration -- Sweden.
Health services administration -- Sweden.
Police administration -- Sweden.
Public institutions -- Sweden.
Ethnology -- Fieldwork. (OCoLC)fst01751085
Health services administration. (OCoLC)fst00953286
Human services -- Administration. (OCoLC)fst00963363
Meetings. (OCoLC)fst01015496
Police administration. (OCoLC)fst01068547
Public institutions. (OCoLC)fst01082505
Social work administration. (OCoLC)fst01123443
Sweden. (OCoLC)fst01204537
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Added Author Jacobsson, Katarina, author.
Andersson Cederholm, Erika, 1965- author.
Other Form: Print version: Åkerström, Malin. Hidden attractions of administration First Edition. New York : Routledge, 2021. 9780367622275 (DLC) 2020054830
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