Although the rational and the emotional are often thought to be in conflict, this is not always the case. Here I examine two instances, Max Weber’s ideal-typical depiction of bureaucracy and James Coleman’s proposal for a rational reconstruction of societal institutions. In the case of Weber, it is clear that the disciplined, steady and affectless performance of official duties by bureaucrats can only be possible because of an underlying foundation of emotions, both positive and negative. In the case of Coleman’s proposal, which is based on money bounties as incentives for performing important societal tasks, a multitude of deleterious and defeating emotions inhere in this ultra-rational scheme.
Kemper, T.D. (2004), "THE DIFFERENTIAL IMPACT OF EMOTIONS ON RATIONAL SCHEMES OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATION: READING WEBER AND COLEMAN", Turner, J.H. (Ed.) Theory and Research on Human Emotions (Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 223-244. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0882-6145(04)21009-8Download as .RIS
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