Sociology of Religion

ISBN-10: 0807042056
ISBN-13: 9780807042052
Edition: 2nd 1993
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Description: Translated by Ephraim Fischoff With a new Foreword by Ann Swidler

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List price: $26.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Translated by Ephraim Fischoff With a new Foreword by Ann Swidler

Max Weber, a German political economist, legal historian, and sociologist, had an impact on the social sciences that is difficult to overestimate. According to a widely held view, he was the founder of the modern way of conceptualizing society and thus the modern social sciences. His major interest was the process of rationalization, which characterizes Western civilization---what he called the "demystification of the world." This interest led him to examine the three types of domination or authority that characterize hierarchical relationships: charismatic, traditional, and legal. It also led him to the study of bureaucracy; all of the world's major religions; and capitalism, which he viewed as a productof the Protestant ethic. With his contemporary, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim---they seem not to have known each other's work---he created modern sociology.

Talcott Parsons, an American sociologist, introduced Max Weber to American sociology and became himself the leading theorist of American sociology after World War II. His Structure of Social Action (1937) is a detailed comparison of Alfred Marshall, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Vilfredo Pareto. Parsons concluded that these four scholars, coming from contrasting backgrounds and from four different countries, converged, without their knowing of the others, on a common theoretical and methodological position that he called "the voluntaristic theory of action." Subsequently, Parsons worked closely with the anthropologists Clyde Kluckhohn, Elton Mayo, and W. Lloyd Warner, and the psychologists Gordon W. Allport and Henry A. Murray, to define social, cultural, and personality systems as the three main interpenetrative types of action organization. He is widely known for his use of four pattern variables for characterizing social relationships:affectivity versus neutrality, diffuseness versus specificity, particularism versus universalism, and ascription versus achievement.

Foreword
Translator's Preface
Introduction
The Rise of Religions
Gods, Magicians, and Priests
The Idea of God, Religious Ethics, and Taboo
The Prophet
The Religious Congregation, Preaching, and Pastoral Care
Castes, Estates, Classes, and Religion
Religion of Non-Privileged Classes
Intellectualism, Intellectuals, and the History of Religion
Theodicy, Salvation, and Rebirth
The Different Roads to Salvation
Asceticism, Mysticism, and Salvation Religion
Soteriology and Types of Salvation
Religious Ethics, the World Order, and Culture
The Relationship of Religion to Politics, Economics, Sexuality, and Art
Judaism, Christianity, and the Socio-Economic Order
The Attitude of the Other World Religions to the Social and Economic Order
Appendix I. Chronological Summary of Max Weber's Life
Appendix II. The Background and Fate of Weber's Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft
Index

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