The Phenomenon That Changed Society

1042 WordsMar 29, 20155 Pages
rationalisation: The Phenomenon That Changed Society For as long as people have existed there had been a particular focus on the development of society, structure, social interaction and behaviour specifically in the industrialised world. This focus is known as sociology, the study which seeks to understand important social phenomena, a major one being globalisation; the social process which shortens distance between countries by eliminating constricting factors and resulting in a well-connected society. One specific concept that falls under globalisation is the theory developed by a German sociologist, Max Weber in the 1800s known as the Rationalistic Theory, a theory that promotes efficiency. Rationalisation is described by Julien Freund as "the organization of life through a division and coordination of activities.”1 Rationalism has been used for centuries without even being recognised; a prime example being the construct of time. Although rationalisation was not new, it had not yet surfaced as a theory until Max Weber developed his theory of Rationalisation and how it applies in modern society. He raised questions about morality in this ever growing rationalist society. Weber saw society as one whole working system, striving for the same goal, connected by globalisation and constantly changing to adapt to an ever growing need for efficiency and structure. One phenomenon that completely took over societ, becoming the first major influence on rationalisation, was the
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