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Alvin Gouldner


Who is Alvin Gouldner?

Alvin Gouldner a.k.a. Alvin Ward Gouldner taught sociology at Antioch College and was professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, at the University at Buffalo, President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Max Weber Professor of Sociology at Washington University. He was born in New York City.

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Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2007)

by Stewart Clegg, James R. Bailey

Alvin Gouldner has argued that this attitude reflects Weber's pessimistic view of bureaucracy as an inevitable feature of modern life, something Gouldner called “ the metaphysical pathos of modernity.” According to Gouldner, however, from this ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

Alvin Gouldner studied the reciprocity norm, comprised of prescriptions that one should reciprocate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Theory (2004)

by George Ritzer

Alvin Gouldner (1954) was interested in the conflict that often occurs within a bureaucracy when ...

Google previewDictionary of the Political Thought of the People's Republic of China (2016)

by Henry He

The following important writers were introduced: Georg Lukacs, Antonio Gramci, Kark Jorsch, Leszek Kolakowski, Nicos Poulantzas, Alvin Gouldner, Ralph Miliband, Ernst Bloch, Henry Lefebvre, Rudolf Bahro, David McLellan, Tom Bottomore, ...

Google previewThe Max Weber Dictionary (2016)

Key Words and Central Concepts, Second Edition by Richard Swedberg, Ola Agevall

Peter Blau, Alvin Gouldner, and many others, see Martin Albrow, On Bureaucracy (1970). For an update on the secondary literature that Albrow discusses, see, e.g., Richard Scott, Organizations (2002) and Stewart Clegg, “ Max Weber and ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation (2016)

by Craig E. Carroll

Alvin Gouldner, a sociologist, hypothesized that reciprocity is a universal human norm that exists across cultures and religions. However, this does not mean that all cultures or individuals practice reciprocity the same way. Social psychology ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

However, first Hayek and later Alvin Gouldner theorized, from different standpoints, the future failing of the bureaucratic state due to inefficiency (caused by the confines to autonomous choice) and imperfect information. The Marxist critique ...

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