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Understanding Weber provides an accessible and comprehensive explanation of the central issues of Weber's work. Using the most recent scholarship and editions of Weber's writings, Sam Whimster establishes the full range, depth and development of Max Weber's approach to the social and cultural sciences. This path-breaking book: locates the central issues in Weber's writings and relates them to the golden era of social and cultural sciences; arques that Weber remains the major exponent of the classical tradition still relevant today; offers a new interpretation of the dynamic of Weber's career as historian, social-economist, methodologist, and sociologist. Understanding Weber is an indispensable guide to Weber's writings and will be an invaluable companion to The Essential Weber (2004). It should prove an essential aide for students and researchers in the fields of sociological theory, economic sociology, and cultural studies.

About the Author:
Sam Whimster is Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University

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Editorial Reviews

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"In creating, single-handedly, a new genre for the appreciation of Weber - simultaneously didactic, contextual and (mostly) comprehensive - Sam Whimster's achievement is considerable...Whimster's book is indispensable."

Peter Baehr, Lingnan University, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 33, No.3, 2008

"Understanding Weber by Sam Whimster brings together more than a decade of cutting-edge work in Weber scholarship since the late 1990s...All of the most important developments in Weber research over the last ten to fifteen years are surveyed, collated, and interpreted in this extremely informative and fluently written volume."

Austin Harrington, University of Leeds/University of Efurt, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 33, No.3, 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415370752
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Abbreviations     x
Introduction     1
Weber before Weberian sociology, revisited     11
Capitalism in contemporary debates: Sombart, Weber and Simmel     29
The Protestant Ethic and the 'Spirit' of Capitalism     48
'Wissenschaftslehre'     73
The reluctant sociologist: from the Protestant ethic to the Grundriss der Sozialokonomik     116
The Sociology of Religion     156
Going beyond Weber     193
Power, legitimacy and democracy     220
Sociological categories and the types of economic activity: a final account     247
Notes     271
Index     291
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