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In this book, one of the foremost sociologists of the present day, turns his gaze upon the key figures and seminal institutions in the rise of sociology. Turner examines the work of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons to produce a rich and authoritative perspective on the classical tradition. He argues that classical sociology has developed on many fronts, including debates on the family, religion, the city, social stratification, generations and citizenship. The book defends classical perspectives as a living tradition for understanding contemporary social life and demonstrates how the classical tradition produces an agenda for contemporary sociology.

Max Weber on Economy and Society
Max weber on economy and society
Introduction: Approaching Max Weber

It is common to refer to concepts which are the subject of endless dispute as ‘essentially contested’ (Gallie, 1955-6). We might usefully extend the idea to talk about ‘essentially contested authors’, that is authors the interpretation of whom gives rise inevitably and endlessly to controversy. Max Weber (1864-1920) is pre-eminently such an author. In recent years there has been a great revival of interest in Weber and Weberian sociology, but we do not appear to be anywhere near a scholarly consensus about the importance or meaning of his work. Weber has been attacked as a reactionary prophet of despair, as a bourgeois sociologist whose views on domination were part of the ...

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