Marx, Marginalism and Modern Sociology

From Adam Smith to Max Weber

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Author: Simon Clarke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349218081

Category: Social Science

Page: 339

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Marx, Marginalism and Modern Sociology offers an original interpretation of Marx's critique of political economy as the basis of a critique of modern economics and sociology. The core of the book is an account of Marx's theory of alienated labour as the basis of Marx's work as a whole. The critical implications of this theory are developed through an analysis of the historical development of liberal social theory from political economy to the modern disciplines of economics and sociology.

Marx, Marginalism and Modern Sociology

From Adam Smith to Max Weber

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Author: Simon Clarke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780333548295

Category: Austrian school of economics

Page: 339

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Develops an interpretation of Marx's work as the basis of a critique of both orthodox Marxism and of both modern economics and sociology. The core of this book is an analysis of Marx's theory of alienated labour as the basis of Marx's critique of liberal social theory. This leads to both an original interpretation of Marx's work and to the liberal foundations of the subjects of economics and sociology. This critique is developed through an account of revolution, and of the parallel revolution in sociology carried through by Max Weber. The conclusion relates the critique to the subsequent developments in both Marxism and sociology.

Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology

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Author: Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691187665

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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While most people are familiar with The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, few know that during the last decade of his life Max Weber (1864-1920) also tried to develop a new way of analyzing economic phenomena, which he termed "economic sociology." Indeed, this effort occupies the central place in Weber's thought during the years just before his death. Richard Swedberg here offers a critical presentation and the first major study of this fascinating part of Weber's work. This book shows how Weber laid a solid theoretical foundation for economic sociology and developed a series of new and highly evocative concepts. He not only investigated economic phenomena but also linked them clearly with political, legal, and religious phenomena. Swedberg also demonstrates that Weber's approach to economic sociology addresses a major problem that has haunted economic analysis since the nineteenth century: how to effectively unite an interest-driven type of analysis (popular with economists) with a social one (of course preferred by sociologists). Exploring Weber's views of the economy and how he viewed its relationship to politics, law, and religion, Swedberg furthermore discusses similarities and differences between Weber's economic sociology and present-day thinking on the same topic. In addition, the author shows how economic sociology has recently gained greater credibility as economists and sociologists have begun to collaborate in studying problems of organizations, political structures, social problems, and economic culture more generally. Swedberg's book will be sure to further this new cooperation.

Capitalism and Modern Social Theory

An Analysis of the Writings of Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber

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Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107268044

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Giddens's analysis of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber has become the classic text for any student seeking to understand the three thinkers who established the basic framework of contemporary sociology. The first three sections of the book, based on close textual examination of the original sources, contain separate treatments of each writer. The author demonstrates the internal coherence of their respective contributions to social theory. The concluding section discusses the principal ways in which Marx can be compared with the other two authors, and discusses misconceptions of some conventional views on the subject.

Max Weber's Theory of Modernity

The Endless Pursuit of Meaning

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Author: Dr Michael Symonds

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472462866

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Weber’s theory of meaning and modernity is articulated through an understanding of his account of the way in which the pursuit of meaning in the modern world has been shaped by the loss of Western religion and how such pursuit gives sense to the phenomena of human suffering and death. Through a close, scholarly reading of Weber’s extensive writings and Vocation Lectures, the author explores the concepts of ‘paradox’ and ‘brotherliness’ as found in Weber’s work, in order to offer an original exposition of Weber’s actual theory of how meaning and meaninglessness work in the modern world.

Max Weber and the sociology of culture

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Author: Ralph Schroeder

Publisher: Sage Pubns

ISBN: 9780803985506

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 177

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The work of Max Weber constitutes one of the foundations of modern sociology. Evaluating recent debates about Weber's social theory, Ralph Schroeder identifies the central theme in his writings as the sociology of culture. This challenging interpretation of Weber's ideas will serve as a comprehensive and critical introduction to his sociology. The book draws extensively on recent scholarship to offer a systematic and analytical understanding of Weber's comparative historical sociology and his concern with cultural change. It also reassesses the significance of Weber's thought, relating it in particular to materialism and functionalism, and to the theories of Marx and Durkheim. Ralph Schroeder's analysis yields a coherent conception of the interplay between culture and social life that can be found throughout Weber's comparative studies of the world religions, and in his work on modern society. Furthermore, Weber's pessimistic political outlook and his ambivalent stance towards the disenchantment of the world by science are traced back to his preoccupation with the uniqueness of contemporary Western culture.""" ""Max Weber and the Sociology of Culture "defines a distinctive Weberian perspective that provides a basis upon which future discussions of his work and analyses of culture can build. It will be essential reading for lecturers and students of sociology and social theory.

Max Weber and the Theory of Modern Politics

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Author: David Beetham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745676626

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Max Weber's writings on the politics of Wilhelmine in Germany andthe Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 are much less well knownthan his contributions to historical and theoretical sociology, yetthey are essential to any overall assessment of his thought.Drawing on these writings, still mostly untranslated, David Beethamoffers the most comprehensive account available in English ofWeber's political theory. The book explores Weber's central concern with the prospects forliberal Parliamentarism in authoritarian societies and in an age ofmass politics and bureaucratic organization, and shows how thisconcern led him to a revision of democratic theory which is stillinfluential. It argues that Weber's analyzis of the class basis ofcontemporary politics necessitate a modification in some of theaccepted interpretations of his sociology of modern capitalism. Aspecial feature of the book is its full treatment of the extensiveGerman literature on Weber's political thought. This second edition contains a substantial new criticalintroduction and an expanded bibliography. Otherwise the text ofthe widely acclaimed first edition remains unaltered. This is abook which adds an essential dimension to the understanding of MaxWeber for students of sociology and politics who have previouslyonly approached his work through his sociological writings.

Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today

Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications

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Author: Professor Stephen Kalberg

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 140949537X

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

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Bringing together the author's major scholarly work on Weber over the last thirty years , offering a rich examination of the major themes in his sociology, alongside a reconstruction of his mode of analysis and application of his approach, this book will appeal to scholars around the world with interests in social theory, German and American societies, cultural sociology, political sociology, the sociology of knowledge, comparative-historical sociology, and the sociology of civilizations.

Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism

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Author: N. Gane

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271183

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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This book explores the uses and limits of Max Weber's work for thinking sociologically about capitalism today. The books argues that through Weber, a network of concepts can be developed that can frame a sociological analysis of the present.

Politics and Sociology in the Thought of Max Weber

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Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745672132

Category: Social Science

Page: 64

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This book provides an interpretation of one of the key aspects of Max Weber’s work: the relationship between his political and sociological writings. Weber’s sociological studies have often been treated as if they were completely separate from his political attitudes and interests, and in general his political writings have remained less well-known than his sociological work. The book contains three main sections. The first of these analyses the principal concerns underlying Weber’s political assessment of the prospective development of post-Bismarckian Germany. The second examines some of the way in which these views channelled his interests in sociology and influences his studies of capitalism, authority and religion. Finally, the third main section ‘reverses’ this perspective, showing how his conceptions of sociology and social philosophy in turn influenced the evolution of his assessment of German politics.

Max Weber and Modern Sociology

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Author: Arun Sahay

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415174565

Category: Social Science

Page: 111

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Weber's Rationalism and Modern Society

New Translations on Politics, Bureaucracy, and Social Stratification

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137365862

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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Weber's Rationalism and Modern Society rediscovers Max Weber for the twenty-first century. Tony and Dagmar Waters' translation of Weber's works highlights his contributions to the social sciences and politics, credited with highlighting concepts such as "iron cage," "bureaucracy," "bureaucratization," "rationalization," "charisma," and the role of the "work ethic" in ordering modern labor markets. Outlining the relationship between community (Gemeinschaft), and market society (Gesellschaft), the issues of social stratification, power, politics, and modernity resonate just as loudly today as they did for Weber during the early twentieth century.

Max Weber and Karl Marx

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Author: Karl Lowith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134869991

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Sociology of Religion

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Author: Max Weber

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807042052

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Translated by Ephraim Fischoff With a new Foreword by Ann Swidler

Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought

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Author: Terry Maley

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442643366

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

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Max Weber is best known as one of the founders of modern sociology and the author of the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, but he also made important contributions to modern political and democratic theory. In Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought, Terry Maley explores, through a detailed analysis of Weber's writings, the intersection of recent work on Weber and on democratic theory, bridging the gap between these two rapidly expanding areas of scholarship. Maley critically examines how Weber's realist 'model' of democracy defines and constrains the possibilities for democratic agency in modern liberal-democracies. Maley also looks at how ideas of historical time and memory are constructed in his writings on religion, bureaucracy, and the social sciences. Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought is both an accessible introduction to Weber's political thought and a spirited defense of its continued relevance to debates on democracy.

Max Weber and the Modern Problem of Discipline

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Author: Tony Waters

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761870598

Category: Social Science

Page: 124

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In this book, author Tony Waters explores Max Weber’s thinking about the discipline of populations and its implications for understanding the origins of the modern globalized world.

From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology

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Author: Max Weber

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 490

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Introducing the student to the work of a great sociologist, this book opens with a comprehensive biographical essay on Weber's life and work and includes his essays on science and politics, power, religion, and social structures.

The Theory Of Social And Economic Organization

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Author: Max Weber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439188874

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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This book is an introduction to Max Weber’s ambitious comparative study of the sociological and institutional foundations of the modern economic and social order. In this work originally published in German in 1920, Weber discusses the analytical methods of sociology and, at the same time, presents a devastating critique of prevailing sociological theory and of its universalist, determinist underpinnings. None of Weber’s other writings offers the reader such a grasp of his theories; none displays so clearly his erudition, the scope of his interests, and his analytical powers.

Classical Social Theory and Modern Society

Marx, Durkheim, Weber

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Author: Edward Royce

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442243244

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber are indispensable for understanding the sociological enterprise. They are among the chief founders of the discipline and among the foremost theorists of modernity, and their work can stimulate readers to reflect on their own identities and worldviews. Classical Social Theory and Modern Society introduces students to these three thinkers and shows their continued relevance today. The first chapter sets the stage by situating the work of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber in the context of three modernizing revolutions: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution of 1789, and the industrial revolution. Three overview chapters follow that summarize the key ideas of each thinker, focusing on their contributions to the development of sociology and their conceptions of modern society. The last portion of the book explores the thinking of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber on four themes—the pathologies of modern society, the predicament of the modern individual, the state and democracy, and socialism versus capitalism. These thematic chapters place Marx, Durkheim, and Weber in dialogue with one another, offering students the opportunity to wrestle with conflicting ideas on issues that are still significant today. Classical sociology is essential to the teaching of sociology and also an invaluable tool in the education of citizens.