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The Essential Weber: A Reader [Paperback]

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27 Nov 2003 0415244277 978-0415244275

Weber is increasingly being recognised as the theorist of modernity. Avoiding the mistakes of other classical thinkers, his sociological analysis has an increasing validity and relevance. Selected by one of the world's leading Weber scholars, this book introduces the work of this key thinker to a new generation of readers. Central themes highlighted in the collection are:

* the developmental logic of world religions
* the rise of modern capitalism
* the multi-dimensionality of power in societies
* the dilemmas of modernity
* the theory of social action
* ideal types and the objectivity of knowledge.

The majority of the readings have been specially translated for this collection both to improve accuracy and to make Weber speak anew in the idiom of the twenty-first century. Each part opens with a short introduction explaining the sequence of readings, the flow of ideas and their intellectual context, and concludes with a guide to further reading.



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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful selection of reading 7 Feb 2013
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If you want to get started with Weber - or if you are an expert on it but you are looking for a compact and highly relevant selection of readings from his work - this is the book for you! You won't regret buying it! Not to mention that he is a canonical author!
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Needed this book for one of my sociology classes. Good price and came quickly. Nice read too if you're interested in sociology.
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