Totalistic Organizations: From Mafia to Global Terror

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Alexander Korchak compares the organizational and functional structure of four types of totalistic organizations that pose the greatest danger to democratic society: mafias, terrorist groups, religious cults, and mature autonomous bureaucracies. The author shows how mafias penetrate the other three types of totalistic organizations and how such organizations converge in modern democratic societies. One example of such convergence is the use by criminal cults of a religious ideology (Aum Shinrikyo); another is the...
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Overview

Alexander Korchak compares the organizational and functional structure of four types of totalistic organizations that pose the greatest danger to democratic society: mafias, terrorist groups, religious cults, and mature autonomous bureaucracies. The author shows how mafias penetrate the other three types of totalistic organizations and how such organizations converge in modern democratic societies. One example of such convergence is the use by criminal cults of a religious ideology (Aum Shinrikyo); another is the link between totalitarian organizations and totalitarian regimes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880339940
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 11/27/2002
  • Series: EEM Social Science Monographs Series
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Korchak was a senior researcher with the Russian Academy of Science until his retirement. He now lives in Blue Springs, MO.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Information Theory of the Will 1
1 Homeostasis and the will 1
2 Information theory of an organism's will 4
3 Information exchange and mentality 5
4 The will of the cybernetic social systems 11
Ch. 2 A Mafia Model 13
1 Terminology 13
2 Membership selection and the formation of a vertical structure 15
3 Mechanism of social homeostasis 17
4 Universality of the mafiazation process 20
Ch. 3 Self-organizing Bureaucracy 23
1 A bureaucratic department 23
2 Nomenclatorial bureaucracy and its decomposition 41
Ch. 4 Ideological and Religious Totalistic Organizations 49
1 Introduction 49
2 Ideological Bolshevism 51
3 Religious totalistic organizations 56
Ch. 5 On Some General Patterns of the Evolution of Totalistic Organizations 67
1 The proto-organization stage 67
2 Transition to totalism 70
3 Self-organization 72
4 Internal environment of a totalistic organization 80
5 The organizational convergence 86
6 The evolutionary cycle and aging 103
Ch. 6 Autocracy, Democracy, and Totalitarianism 109
1 On some features of the Russian (Muscovite) statehood history 109
2 Self-organizing Russian autocracy 122
3 Totalitarianism, autocracy, and democracy 128
Conclusion 145
Glossary 151
App. 1 My participation in the human rights activities, 1975-1977 161
App. 2 Ten years later 181
App. 3: Conclusion 193
Notes 197
References 217
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