Max Weber's Economy and Society: A Critical Companion

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Stanford University Press, 2005 - Social Science - 403 pages
Max Weber's Economy and Society is widely considered the most important single work in sociology and among the most important in the history of the social sciences. This volume provides a critical and up-to-date introduction to Weber's magnum opus. While much has been published about the various parts of Economy and Society, this is the first book to cover all of its major sections and themes, as well as to discuss the methodological vision that unites them.

In Max Weber's Economy and Society, a distinguished group of scholars illuminates the central arguments of Economy and Society and appraises their contemporary relevance for the analysis of the economy, the polity, law, religion, and social action. With essays that are both theoretical and empirical, this book will be of interest to those already familiar with Weber's work and to those encountering it for the first time.


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Economy and Society and the Revision of Webers Ethics
The Origins
The Continuing Challenge of Webers Theory
The Centerpiece
Democracy Domination and Legitimacy in Max Webers
Beyond Weberian Action Theory
The Shadow of Exploitation in Webers Class Analysis
Patriarchy and Patrimonialism
Weber and the Sociology of Revolution
A Study
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Charles Camic is Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology, Philip S. Gorski is Professor of Sociology, and David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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