Max Weber: A Skeleton Key

Max Weber: A Skeleton Key

by Randall Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803925506

ISBN-13: 9780803925502

Pub. Date: 11/01/1985

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In Max Weber: A Skeleton Key Randall Collins gives a concise overview of the work of one of sociology's greatest classic thinkers. The many strands of Weber's theorizing and the breadth and scope of his historical comparisons are here brought clearly into focus. This is an ideal text for students in sociology.

Overview

In Max Weber: A Skeleton Key Randall Collins gives a concise overview of the work of one of sociology's greatest classic thinkers. The many strands of Weber's theorizing and the breadth and scope of his historical comparisons are here brought clearly into focus. This is an ideal text for students in sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803925502
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Series:
Masters of Sociological Theory Series, #3
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction7
1Weber's Life and Personality: Melodramatics and Psychological Mysteries9
Weber's Career Pattern12
Weber's Breakdown and Its Causes14
Weber's Multisided Intellectual Personality27
2The Meaning of Ideas in History: Weber's Methodological Essays and Theory of Action31
Weber as Idealist33
The Methodenstreit: The Battle of Methods38
Weber's Action Theory42
3The Meaning of Ideas in History: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism47
The Protestant Ethic48
Criticisms of the Protestant Ethic Thesis51
Weber's Defense52
4Rationalization: The Master Trend of History?61
Several Meanings of Rationality62
Rationalization in Western Music63
Rationalization as Social Tension70
5Weber's Vision of Social Change81
The Rise of Rational Capitalism83
The Weberian Causal Chain86
Weber's General Theory of History94
Weber's Agrarian Sociology: Material Conditions and Social Structure97
The Nature of Ancient Capitalism99
6The Comparative Studies of the World Religions105
Ancient Judaism106
The Religion of India111
The Religion of China118
7Weber's Sociological Encyclopedia125
Economy and Society125
Weber's Comparative Sociology as a Systematic Theory130
Weber's Theory of Stratification132
Weber's Contribution to Sociology138
References143
Name Index145
Subject Index147
About the Author151

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >