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The Theory of Social and Economic Organization [Unknown Binding]

Max Weber , Talcott Parsons

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THOUGH an increasing number of scholars in the English-speaking world have in recent years come to know Max Weber's work in the original German editions, the part of it which has heretofore been available in English translation has formed a wholly inadequate basis on which to understand the general character of his contributions to social science. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read Weber without Parson 9 Oct 2013
By Curtis L. Bailey - Published on
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This is a notoriously bad translation of Weber. Talcott Parsons and company purged any sense of power as Herrschaft from Weber and rendered it as 'imperative coordination' rather than 'domination'. In Parsons, power becomes a 'resource' that wealthy and powerful people need to fulfill their important functional responsibilities not a tool of domination. Better to read the full text of Economy and Society, long since available in a complete and better translation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Referenced too often not to read this.... 22 Jan 2010
By 1000Books - Published on
Weber is mentioned so often in subsequent texts that it become necessary to read his work just to be in the loop. In that regard, one should read his book.

That said, the early chapters were for me better than some of the latter. The ideas he posits on traditional vs. routine or bureaucratic organization are truly revolutionary. His descriptions of the inherent conflicts arising from the social structure are really insightful. The manner in which he lays out the importance of funding to the organization and the various classifications by which an organization can attempt to obtain that funding is really well conceptualized.

However, those that agree with Popper or have more modern beliefs about the manner in which economic systems are organized may find his discussion of money to be out-dated. His point of view predated the advancement seen in debt issuance innovation and therefore misses it. (How ironically Popper-ian to miss the way that Weber does!)

Moreover, he is writing during the initial period of charismatic leaders. This period has "played-out". His work is still interesting, but so much has been learned that has greater pertinence and specificity for those particularly interested in the politics of charismatic leaders.

That said, Weber's work is a turning point within academic thought and should be read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 5 Aug 2013
By Adegbemisola Oladunjoye - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book arrived through the promised shipping method and as promised. It was very useful for the purpose I got it for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible 29 Sep 2012
By moose1009 - Published on
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This is not a good book because it does not explain things in very much detail and the professor didn't like the book either.
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