Economy and Society

ISBN-10: 0520035003

ISBN-13: 9780520035003

Edition: 1979 (Reprint)

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Max Weber'sEconomy and Societyis 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 Societywas the first strictly empirical comparison of social structures and normative orders in world-historical depth, containing the famous chapters on social action, religion, law, bureaucracy, charisma, the city, and the political community with its dimensions of class, status and power. Economy and Statusis Weber's only major treatise for an educated general public. It was meant to be a broad introduction, but in its own way it is the most demanding textbook yet written by a sociologist. The precision of its definitions, the complexity of its typologies and the wealth of its historical content make the work a continuos challenge at several levels of comprehension: for the advanced undergraduate who gropes for his sense of society, for the graduate student who must develop his own analytical skills, and for the scholar who must match wits with Weber. When the long-awaited first complete English edition ofEconomy and Societywas published in 1968, Arthur Stinchcombe wrote in theAmerican Journal of Sociology:"My answer to the question of whether people should still start their sociological intellectual biographies withEconomy and Societyis yes." Reinhard Bendix noted in theAmerican Sociological Reviewthat the "publication of a compete English edition of Weber's most systematic work [represents] the culmination of a cultural transmission to the American setting...It will be a study-guide and compendium for years to come for all those interested in historical sociology and comparative study." In a lengthy introduction, Guenther Roth traces the intellectual prehistory ofEconomy and Society,the gradual emergence of its dominant themes and the nature of its internal logic. Mr. Roth is a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Mr. Wittich heads an economic research group at the United Nations.
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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/19/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1470
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.37" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

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.

List of Abbreviations
Preface to the 1978 Re-issue
Preface
Introduction
Conceptual Exposition
Basic Sociological Terms
Sociological Categories of Economic Action
The Types of Legitimate Domination
Status Groups and Classes
The Economy and the Arena of Normative and De Facto Powers
The Economy and Social Norms
The Economic Relationships of Organized Groups
Household, Neighborhood and Kin Group
Household, Enterprise and Oikos
Religious Groups (The Sociology of Religion)
The Market: Its Impersonality and Ethic (Fragment)
Economy and Law (The Sociology of Law)
Political Communities
Domination and Legitimacy
Bureaucracy
Patriarchalism and Patrimonialism
Feudalism,Stauml;ndestaatand Patrimonialism
Charisma and Its Transformation
Political and Hierocratic Domination
The City (Non-Legitimate Domination)
Appendices
Index
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