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Theory of Social and Economic Organization Hardcover – Dec 1947

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Read Weber without Parson 9 Oct. 2013
By Curtis L. Bailey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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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Referenced too often not to read this.... 22 Jan. 2010
By 1000Books - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A useful book, but you must be patient 15 Dec. 2014
By JPV - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a useful book; in fact, I would consider it a must-read for anyone interested in the humanities and social sciences. With this type of book, you admittedly must have the patience of a camel to get through it; but it is worth it in the end. One of the things I tend to know about myself is that I have a pre-occupied mind; the amount of questions I have far outweigh the number of answers I have. Max Weber answers many of these questions, although at an abstract level. In fact, this is a book through which can 'theorize' oneself and become able to grapple with abstract thought. Talcott Parsons wrote the translation of the book; one has to wonder the degree to which his training and interests influenced his translation of the book. For instance, the book is only Part 1 of a larger project Max Weber wrote in German. If I am not mistaken, there is another copy of the work translated by a Marxist; I believe this translation also includes Part 2.

In short, one must read this book, no matter what your political or ideological background is.
So, You Want to Understand Societies and Economies? 15 Sept. 2014
By Cody Whitaker - Published on
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An indispensable part of any Max Weber collection. The man on of the most under-appreciated sociological geniuses of the 20th Century and beyond. Be prepared to learn a lot of new words.
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okay 5 Aug. 2013
By Adegbemisola Oladunjoye - Published on
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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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