|SCRIPTED HISTORY/ Modernisation
Most importantly, this entire system was based on the concept of "files," that is, official records in the form of written documents, whose meanings, principles of organisation, and rules of handling and manipulation were subject to administrative regulation and protocol. Social and economic life were, at least in theory, subject to rational and universal principles. The way this modern society was organised and the way its knowledge was stored and deployed had in fact become indivisible and identical processes.
It is precisely these underlying organisational and epistemological principles that are undergoing transformation today. The great age of modern bureaucracy and large-scale, non-governmental and corporate organisations (late nineteenth to mid-lwentieth centuries) began in the last four decades to confront new rationalising forces. The disrupting effects of these forces on what had seemed to early-century sociologists to be an irreversible and one-way historical process, were at first gradual yet now appear almost decisive.
Sanford Kwinter, DanielaFabricius
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