Max Weber in America

ISBN-10: 0691147795

ISBN-13: 9780691147796

Edition: 2011

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Description: Max Weber, widely considered a founder of sociology and the modern social sciences, visited the United States in 1904 with his wife Marianne. The trip was a turning point in Weber's life and it played a pivotal role in shaping his ideas, yet until now virtually our only source of information about the trip was Marianne Weber's faithful but not always reliable 1926 biography of her husband.Max Weber in Americacarefully reconstructs this important episode in Weber's career, and shows how the subsequent critical reception of Weber's work was as American a story as the trip itself.Lawrence Scaff provides new details about Weber's visit to the United States--what he did, what he saw, whom he met and why, and how these experiences profoundly influenced Weber's thought on immigration, capitalism, science and culture, Romanticism, race, diversity, Protestantism, and modernity. Scaff traces Weber's impact on the development of the social sciences in the United States following his death in 1920, examining how Weber's ideas were interpreted, translated, and disseminated by American scholars such as Talcott Parsons and Frank Knight, and how the Weberian canon, codified in America, was reintroduced into Europe after World War II.A landmark work by a leading Weber scholar,Max Weber in Americawill fundamentally transform our understanding of this influential thinker and his place in the history of sociology and the social sciences.

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.54" wide x 9.17" long x 1.03" tall
Weight: 1.540

Lawrence A. Scaff is professor of political science and sociology at Wayne State University. He is the author of "Fleeing the Iron Cage: Culture, Politics, and Modernity in the Thought of Max Weber".

List of Illustrations
The American Journey
Thoughts about America
Traveling to Progressive America
New Horizons of Thought
A �Spiritualistic� Construction of the Modern Economy?
The Land of Immigrants
Arriving in New York
Church and Sect, Status and Class
Settlements and Urban Space
The City as Phantasmagoria
Hull House, the Stockyards, and the Working Class
Character as Social Capital
Science and World Culture
The St. Louis Congress: Unity of the Sciences?
The Last Time for a Free and Great Development: American Exceptionalism?
The Politics of Art
Gender, Education, and Authority
Remnants of Romanticism
The Lure of the Frontier
The Problems of Indian Territory
Nature, Traditionalism, and the New World
The Significance of the Frontier
The Color Line
Du Bois and the Study of Race
The Lessons of Tuskegee
Race and Ethnicity, Class and Caste
Different Ways of Life
Colonial Children
Nothing Remains except Eternal Change
Ecological Interlude
Inner Life and Public World
The Cool Objectivity of Sociaaon
The Protestant Ethic
Spirit and World
William James and His Circle
Ideas and Experience
American Modernity
Strange Contradictions
Becoming American
Cultural Pluralism
Interpretation of the Experience
The Discourse about America
A Way Out of the Iron Cage?
America in Weber's Work
The Work in America
The Discovery of the Author
Author and Audience
Networks of Scholars
Translation History
The Disciplines
The Creation of the Sacred Text
An American in Heidelberg
Parsons Translates The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
The Invention of the Theory
Gerth and Mills Publish a Weber �Source Book�
Parsons's �Theory of Social and Economic Organization�
Weber among the �migr�s
Weberian Sociology and Social Theory
Weber beyond Weberian Sociology
Max and Marianne Weber's Itinerary for the American Journey in 1904
Max Weber, Selected Correspondence with American Colleagues, 1904-5
Archives and Collections Consulted
Bibliographic Notes
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