Contemporary Greedy Institutions: An Essay on Lewis Coser’s Concept in Times of the ‘Hive Mind’

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Title:Contemporary Greedy Institutions: An Essay on Lewis Coser’s Concept in Times of the ‘Hive Mind’
Creators:
de Campo, Marianne Egger
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 49, 6, pp. 969-988
Uncontrolled Keywords:greedy institutions, Lewis Coser, new media, 24/7 migrant carers, spin doctors, consultants, power relations

Abstract

Lewis Coser perennially discussed various forms and facets of ‘greedy institutions’ with their total grasp on the individual. Coser’s ‘greedy institutions’ demand undivided time and loyalty from the individual who will voluntarily devote him/herself for exclusive benefits only granted to loyal followers. Although the ancient authorities have vanished—princes with their court Jews, masters with their servants, or religious and political missionaries— one can argue that the idea of the greedy institution is far from obsolete today. Management consultants, 24/7 old-age carers from Eastern Europe and particularly the ‘hive mind’ of new social media show that a revisiting of Coser’s theory can help in understanding modern forms of greed in institutions. This awareness may enhance vigilance against intrusions into personal autonomy.

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Title:Contemporary Greedy Institutions: An Essay on Lewis Coser’s Concept in Times of the ‘Hive Mind’
Creators:
de Campo, Marianne Egger
Uncontrolled Keywords:greedy institutions, Lewis Coser, new media, 24/7 migrant carers, spin doctors, consultants, power relations
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:49
Number:6
Page Range:pp. 969-988
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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ID Code:8562
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:08 Feb 2016 17:46
Last Modified:08 Feb 2016 16:46

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de Campo, Marianne Egger (2013) Contemporary Greedy Institutions: An Essay on Lewis Coser’s Concept in Times of the ‘Hive Mind’. Czech Sociological Review, 49 (6). pp. 969-988. ISSN 0038-0288

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