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Weber's Categories of Authority and Voluntary Associations
Paul M. Harrison
American Sociological Review
Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr., 1960), pp. 232-237
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2092628
Page Count: 6
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The ideology of voluntary social groups in America tends to be anti-authoritarian. The constituency of these groups is distrustful of centralization and further rationalization of their organizations. However, to achieve the imperative goals of these voluntary associations bureaucracy is necessary, social tension increases, and the problems of authority and power become increasingly acute. Modes for the legitimation of authority are found to be significantly different in these associations than those Max Weber developed for the analysis of authoritarian systems. The utility of his categories of authority may be increased by the addition of three sub-categories.
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