Essays in Economic Sociology / Edition 1

Essays in Economic Sociology / Edition 1

by Max Weber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691009066

ISBN-13: 9780691009063

Pub. Date: 08/16/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The writings of Max Weber (1864-1920) contain one of the most fascinating and sophisticated attempts ever made to create an economic sociology. Economic sociologist and Weber scholar Richard Swedberg has selected the most important of Weber's enormous body of writings on the topic, making these available for the first time in a single volume. The central themes

Overview

The writings of Max Weber (1864-1920) contain one of the most fascinating and sophisticated attempts ever made to create an economic sociology. Economic sociologist and Weber scholar Richard Swedberg has selected the most important of Weber's enormous body of writings on the topic, making these available for the first time in a single volume. The central themes around which the anthology is organized are modern capitalism and its relationships to politics, to law, and to culture and religion; a special section is devoted to theoretical aspects of economic sociology. Swedberg provides a valuable introduction illuminating biographical and intellectual dimensions of Weber's work in economic sociology, as well as a glossary defining key concepts in Weber's work in the field and a bibliographical guide to this corpus.

Weber's substantive views on economic sociology are represented in this volume through crucial excerpts from works such as his General Economic History and The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, but the reader can follow his attempt to construct a conceptual foundation for economic sociology in Economy and Society as well. Also included is Weber's celebrated inaugural lecture, "The Freiburg Address," along with a number of central but hitherto inaccessible writings. Though written nearly a century ago, Weber's work has the quality of a true classic, and the reader will find many ideas in his writings on economic topics that remain applicable in today's world. These include Weber's discussion of what is now called social capital, his analysis of the institutions needed for a well-functioning capitalist economy, and his more general attempt to introduce social structure into economic analysis. As this volume demonstrates, what basically motivated Weber to work with economic sociology was a realization shared by many economists and sociologists today: that the analysis of economic phenomena must include an understanding of the social dimension. Guided by volume editor Swedberg, the reader of this anthology discovers the significance and the enduring relevance of Weber's contribution to economic sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691009063
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/16/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

NOTE ON THE TEXTS OF THE READINGS vii
INTRODUCTION, by Richard Swedberg 3
PART I: MODERN CAPITALISM 41
ONE Modern Capitalism: Key Characteristics and Key Institutions 43
TWO The Spirit of Capitalism 52
THREE The Market 75
FOUR The Beginnings of the Firm 80
FIVE Class, Status, and Party 83
PART II: CAPITALISM, LAW, AND POLITICS 97
SIX The Three Types of Legitimate Domination 99
SEVEN The Bureaucratization of Politics and the Economy 109
EIGHT The Rational State and Its Legal System 116
NINE The National State and Economic Policy (Freiburg Address) 120
TEN The Social Causes of the Decay of Ancient Civilization 138
PART III: CAPITALISM, CULTURE, AND RELIGION 155
ELEVEN The Evolution of the Capitalist Spirit 157
TWELVE The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism 168
THIRTEEN Kinship and Capitalism in China 179
FOURTEEN The Caste System in India 185
FIFTEEN Charity in Ancient Palestine 189
PART IV THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY 197
SIXTEEN Sociological Categories of Economic Action 199
SEVENTEEN The Area of Economics, Economic Theory, and the Ideal Type 242
EIGHTEEN Marginal Utility Analysis and "The Fundamental Law of Psychophysics" 249
GLOSSARY
Key Concepts in Weber's Economic Sociology 261
A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO WEBER'S ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY 287
INDEX 303

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