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.

Rationality and Rationalization

Rationality and rationalization

Rationality and rationalization are fundamental themes of Max Weber (Eldridge, 1971). The term ‘rationalization’ appears hundreds of times throughout the CD-ROM edition of Weber's collected works, even in the context of Weber's sociological study of music (Radkau, 2009: 369). In his ideal-types of social ...

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