In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Ideal-Types

Ideal-types

By ‘ideal-type’ Max Weber did not mean ‘ideal’ in the sense of something good that ought to exist. Weber's notion of ‘ideal’ is that of a ‘pure’ analytical model of the ‘typical’ features of a phenomenon abstracted from reality.

It is formed by a one-sided accentuation of one or several perspectives and through the synthesis of a variety of diffuse, discrete, ...

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