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Ideal-Types and the medieval Church

D'AVRAY, D; (2011) Ideal-Types and the medieval Church. The Medieval Journal , 1 1 - 22.

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Some of the main long-term features of the medieval Church can be captured by the following ideal-types. (1) It employed formal legal rules ingeniously designed to make good the deficiencies of its bureaucratic underpinning. (2)Hierarchical differentiation was a value, as in Hinduism as conceived by Louis Dumont (not merely as in modern management where hierarchy is primarily instrumental. (3) Hierarchy was closely linked with condensed symbolism - an ideal-type borrowed from the anthropologist Mary Douglas

Title:Ideal-Types and the medieval Church
Keywords:Max Weber;, Louis Dumont;, Mary Douglas;, hierarchy;, condensed symbolism;, bureaucracy;, papacy;, Hinduism;, Pseudo-Dionysius;, Boniface VIII;
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History

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