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Ideal-Types and the medieval Church

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

Type: Article
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
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1327971
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