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.

Value Freedom

Value freedom

Max Weber wrestled constantly with the problem of ‘value-freedom’. This refers to how social science might control various types of bias and distortion that value-judgements introduce into the objective understanding of social action. Weber defined ‘value-judgement’ as ‘referring to the “practical” evaluations of ...

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