Max Weber's Economy and Society: A Critical Companion

Max Weber's Economy and Society: A Critical Companion

by Charles Camic
     
 

Weber's masterwork is probably the single most important work in sociology, the subject of dozens of articles, and the topic of hundreds of debates. Originating in papers presented at the September 2000 symposium on Weber at the University of Wisconsin, the chapters here introduce readers to Weber's work, its conceptual and textual background, its textual core, and… See more details below

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Weber's masterwork is probably the single most important work in sociology, the subject of dozens of articles, and the topic of hundreds of debates. Originating in papers presented at the September 2000 symposium on Weber at the University of Wisconsin, the chapters here introduce readers to Weber's work, its conceptual and textual background, its textual core, and critical perspectives about it. Topics include Weber's background and its relevance to modern scholars, Weber's ethics, and the origins and composition of his work. Topics of chapters about the textual core include Weber's theory of rational action, his economic sociology, Weber's thought son democracy, domination and legitimacy, and Weber's writings on religion. Topics of critical perception include working beyond Weber's action theory, exploitation in his class analysis, patriarchy, aesthetic Protestantism, revolution, and cultural innovation. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804747172
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/20/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Charles Camic is Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology, Philip S. Gorski is Professor of Sociology, and David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Max Weber, scion of the cosmopolitan bourgeoisie : historical context and present-day relevance31
2Economy and society and the revision of Weber's ethics47
3Max Weber's "grand sociology" : the origins and composition of Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Soziologie70
4The continuing challenge of Weber's theory of rational action101
5Max Weber's economic sociology : the centerpiece of Economy and society?127
6Democracy, domination, and legitimacy in Max Weber's political thought143
7Religious communities and the path to disenchantment : the origins, sources, and theoretical core of the religion section164
8Beyond Weberian action theory185
9The shadow of exploitation in Weber's class analysis204
10The rule of the father : patriarchy and patrimonialism in early modern Europe237
11The Protestant ethic and the bureaucratic revolution : ascetic Protestantism and administrative rationalization in early modern Europe267
12Weber and the sociology of revolution297
13The disenchantment of logically formal legal rationality : or, Max Weber's sociology in the genealogy of the contemporary mode of Western legal thought322
14Max Weber and the origin of human rights : a study of cultural innovation366

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