Lifeworld-System, Juridification, and Critical Entrepreneurship

  • Annies L. F. Foong
  • A. E. Ojuka-Onedo
  • John C. Oliga


The 18th century saw occidental societies celebrate the coming into being of the age of the Enlightenment. With reason in science and technology overthrowing magic, myths and blind dogma in religion, modernity was thus born, with all promise for a new world of cultural rationalization and emancipatory progress. But, according to Weber (1976), by late capitalism, the euphoria was over. As the capitalist structures of economic interest and bureaucratic power became dominant, the negative face of rationalization uncloaked itself and the ethical and cultural springs of action began to rot away into the “Iron Cage”, with loss of freedom and loss of meaning. It is this seemingly one-sided assimilation and transmutation of ethics and culture into structures of power that Weber perceived as the dilemma of modernity.


Capitalist Structure Language Game Cultural Rationalization Instrumental Reason Steering Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annies L. F. Foong
    • 1
  • A. E. Ojuka-Onedo
    • 1
  • John C. Oliga
    • 1
  1. 1.Commerce DepartmentThe University of Papua New GuineaNational Capital DistrictPapua, New Guinea

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