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.
Max Weber (1978: 4) states that ‘sociology is a science concerning itself with the interpretative understanding of human social action’. Social action derives from the meanings and interpretations individuals, on average, would ideally give to their interactions. Social action was understood by Weber as a ...