Economy and Society

Economy and Society

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Economy and Society

Published posthumously in the early 1920's, Max Weber's Economy and Society has since become recognized as one of the greatest sociological treatises of the 20th century, as well as a foundational text of the modern sociological imagination.

The first strictly empirical comparison of social structures and normative orders conducted in world-historical depth, this two volume set of Economy and Society—now with new introductory material contextualizing Weber’s work for 21st century audiences—looks at social action, religion, law, bureaucracy, charisma, the city, and the political community.

Meant as a broad introduction for an educated general public, in its own way Economy and Society is the most demanding textbook yet written by a sociologist. The precision of its definitions, the complexity of its typologies, and the wealth of its historical content make the work an important challenge to our sociological thought: for the advanced undergraduate who gropes for her sense of society, for the graduate student who must develop his own analytical skills, and for the scholar who must match wits with Weber.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520280021
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Edition description: First Edition, Two Volume Set, with a New Foreword by Guenther Roth
Pages: 1712
Sales rank: 305,338
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Volume 1
Preface to the 1978 Re-issue


Part One: Conceptual Exposition
I. Basic Sociological Terms
II. Sociological Categories of Economic Action
III. The Types of Legitimate Domination
IV. Status Groups and Classes

Part Two: The Economy and the Arena of Normative and De Facto Powers
I. The Economy and Social Norms
II. The Economic Relationships of Organized Groups
III. Household, Neighborhood and Kin Group
IV. Household, Enterprise and Oikos
V. Ethnic Groups
VI. Religious Groups (The Sociology of Religion)
VII. The Market: Its Impersonality and Ethic (Fragment)

Volume 2

VII. Economy and Law (The Sociology of Law)
IX. Political Communities
X. Domination and Legitimacy
XI. Bureaucracy
XII. Patriarchalism and Patrimonialism
XIII. Feudalism, Ständestaat and Patrimonialism
XIV. Charisma and Its Transformation
XV. Political and Hierocratic Domination
XVI. The City (Non-Legitimate Domination)



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