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Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology

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Max Weber's Economy and Society is the greatest sociological treatise written in this century. Published posthumously in Germany in the early 1920's, it has become a constitutive part of the modern sociological imagination. Economy and Society was the first strictly empirical comparison of social structures and normative orders in world-historical depth, containing the fam ...more
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Published December 19th 1978 by University of California Press (first published 1922)
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This book begins with a discussion of the methods of sociology. Given that the social sciences are now dominated by statistics, I find the prestatistical era to have achieved a far better (and more realistic) approach to understanding societies. I highly recommend the first 300 pages...and particularly the first 50 or 60.
Despite creating lots of categories, Max always stuck close to the data and far away from abstractions. Theory can explain a lot, he always used to tell me, but *History,* that fickle creature, always swoops in to muck things up. Ultimately, he said, there is no final answer. We toured the scope of human history together, and he showed me some of his favorite places: the Egyptian New Kingdom, ancient Athens, ancient Rome, medieval Italy and Germany, England of the Stuarts, Tsarist Russia, "party ...more
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Weber made permanent contributions to the understanding of society with his discussions of comparative religion, bureaucracy, charisma, and the distinctions among status, class, and party.
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I remember feeling completely overwhelmed. I hadn't even read the Protestant Ethic yet. Hopefully, I will have enough time this summer. I find Weber brilliant and engaging.
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Huge, two volume set; a tome, to say the least. Classic Weber, and a must for every social theorist's library.
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Absolutely indispensable for any serious scholar in any number of disciplines.
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a fundamental text to understand the works of the great Weber.
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Better pass this one... unless it's a requested reading.
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