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The Sociology of Religion

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In The Sociology of Religion, first published in the United States in 1963,Max Weber looks at the significant role religion has played in social change throughout history. The book was a formative text of the new discipline of sociology and has gone on to become a classic in the social sciences....more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 15th 1993 by Beacon Press (first published 1920)
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Sep 11, 2007 Joseph rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who need to beef up their bibliography
I just finished a review of Weber in how institutions think by Mary Douglas. Not suprisingly, she used Weber to show how institutions create and think in categories. I always thought the Sociology of Religion was primarily a list of taxonomies that, while being fun for academics to play with, are really very useless. Whenever I see this book in a bibliography, it is because they used one of his taxonomies so they could book this book in their bibliography--thereby making the article seem very se...more
Manlio Mascareño
Max Weber in this book explains how religion played a fundamental factor in the developement of economy in different societies. This book is composed for three essays being last one the most interesting because Weber tells a journey what had to United States where protestantism in its different denominations helped in the building of. Also in the course of book we can find some concepts about power, State, rationality, economy etc. At least for me is a good work and whether you want to know abou...more
Joaquin Siabra-Fraile
Obra sorprendente y desconcertante. Weber interpreta comparativamente los fenómenos sociales de la religión desde distintos planos teóricos simultáneamente. A veces confuso, en general revelador (habría que ver cuánto debe Adorno a Weber), este autor tiene una capacidad tremenda para descubrir las relaciones internas entre cultura, religión, economía y antropología, en virtud de esa categoría suya que logra hacer tan fértil: la "afinidad electiva".
Perhaps I should have put up a buffer between this and Durkheim's "Elements of the Religious Life" because the first 2/3 of the book were dragging completely. Might be because I am familiar with a lot of the territory. The insights came at the end for me about economics, class and caste. Some wonderful observations about the history of religions in relation to their social structure with economics, art, culture and other things.
More useful than other theories of religion, but I still didn't like it.
Erik Graff
May 14, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weber fans
Recommended to Erik by: Shimer College reading list
During the first several years in the deans' office of the University College division of Loyola University Chicago I worked downtown at their Water Tower Campus. Having become habituated to cafes since seminary days in Manhattan, I took my lunchless lunches at a place called "Coffee Chicago" on Chicago Avenue. Soon another CC opened in my own neighborhood on the north side and I became a friend of the owner, Candace. Indeed, it turned out that she lived only two blocks from my own building in t...more
Andrea Morris
Weber is a one of the most verbose philosophers to read. This means a lot coming from someone who is also pretty wordy, and when you add verbosity and philosophy you get the "huh" look with each flip of the page. On the surface, the book deals with Weber's view on the relationship between society and religion. Being anti-religion myself, I agree with Weber that religion is an institutionally, socially created concept that helps individuals lead their lives. Living for god rather than themselves,...more
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Steven Hunter Hunter
This is a hallmark book on sociology. Weber writes like a historian and is not as conclusive or decisive as one might hope for, but he is an evident polymath in religion. This is a worthy read.
Xiaomin Zu
If this were not a required reading, I won't be able to slog through more than 20pages. And , no I won't assiGn it to my students... Unless I wanna torture them.
Part of my relative dislike of this book is that I don't care a whit about soc of religion, part of it is that Weber is such a labor to read.
This is not a page turner! It was however, extremely interesting! Kudos to Mr. Weber for having the stamina to write this.
Mike Jensen
An interesting take on how religious people group themselves and on how groups of religious people think.
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A detailed and multilayered work.
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