Is Itamaraty a total institution? The applicability of a sociological concept in a bureaucracy

Rogério de Souza Farias


Sociological concepts are essential to understand organizations. Few concepts are as popular as "total institutions". In this article, I present the concept, showing first its limitations to explain the life of Brazilian diplomats at the Minister of External Relations (Itamaraty). Then I explain the reason why such concept is used, despite its inadequacy.


Brazilian Foreign Policy; Total Institutions; Política Externa Brasileira; Instituições Totais; Escola de Chicago; Chicago School; Itamaraty



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