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The Social Thought of Max Weber

The Social Thought of Max Weber

May 2016 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Stephen Kalberg's The Social Thought of Max Weber, the newest volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influence of Max Weber, considered to be one of three most important founders (along with Marx and Durkheim) of sociology. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Weber’s major themes, and explores in detail the extent to which they are relevant today.  It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

Series Editor's Foreword
Chapter 1: The Person and the Intellectual Context
Chapter 2: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and the "Sect Essays"
Chapter 3: The Methodology
Chapter 4: Economy and Society
Chapter 5: The Social and Political Context
Chapter 6: "Rationalism" East and West: The Economic Ethics of the World Religions and the Turn Toward a Sociology of Civilizations
Chapter 7: The Sociology of Civilizations I: Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism
Chapter 8: The Sociology of Civilizations II: The Rationalism of China
Chapter 9: The Sociology of Civilizations III: The Rationalism of India
Chapter 10: Applying Weber: The Birth and Growth of the American Civic Sphere
Chapter 11: An Assessment
Chapter 12: Further Readings
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Key features
  • Written by one of the world’s leading scholars of Max Weber’s work.
  • Introduces readers to Weber’s insights on the promise and peril of Western industrial society.
  • Includes individual chapters on Weber’s most definitive works: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Economy and Society.
  • The concluding chapters show how Weber’s work can be applied to an understanding of       the American civic sphere and offer an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Weberian sociology.
  • This volume offers a new reading of Weber that focuses upon his overarching themes: the uniqueness of the West, the multiple reasons behind its historical trajectory, and a comparative-historical methodology that identifies and weighs the causal factors at the source of the economic and political development of China, India, and the West.

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