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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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Oct 23, 2012 Marc rated it it was amazing
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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.
Jun 14, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing
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
Alexander Eichner
I will never stop reading this book.

Real talk - the hype is deserved. While its difficult to follow the "neo-Kantian realism" end of Weber's methodology, an entire idiosyncratic and systematic social imaginary gradually comes into focus as one flips through chapters. There is a huge amount of insight to be gained, but ironically not too much directly in dialogue with Marx.

Reading Simmel's Philosophy of Money gives some additional insight.
Murat Ucoglu
Aug 09, 2015 Murat Ucoglu rated it it was amazing
I don't want to write a very long review because it will never be a good one. These books are the best socio-economic work ever. You will understand what I mean when you read it, and will become an admirer of Weber's genuine narrative.
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Mar 09, 2011 Prakhar Bindal rated it liked it
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.
Mar 08, 2009 Jimmy marked it as to-read
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.
Lisa Taylor
Jul 20, 2010 Lisa Taylor rated it liked it
Huge, two volume set; a tome, to say the least. Classic Weber, and a must for every social theorist's library.
Sam Pearson
Feb 09, 2011 Sam Pearson rated it really liked it
Absolutely indispensable for any serious scholar in any number of disciplines.
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Recommends it for: sociology student
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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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Maximilian Carl Emil Weber was a German lawyer, politician, historian, sociologist and political economist, who profoundly influenced social theory and the remit of sociology itself. His major works dealt with the rationalization, bureaucratization and 'disenchantment' associated with the rise of capitalism. Weber was, along with his associate Georg Simmel, a central figure in t
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