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Stephen Kalberg’s The Social Thought of Max Weber, the newest volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influence of Max Weber, considered to be one of three most important founders (along with Marx and Durkheim) of sociology. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Weber’s major themes, and explores in detail the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

The Sociology of Civilizations I: Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism
The Sociology of Civilizations I: Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism

Central passages throughout E&S and EEWR turn to the “specifically formed ‘rationalism’ of Western civilization” and “within this particular type of rationalism, the characteristic features of modern Western rationalism.” “Our concern,” Weber continues, “is to identify this uniqueness and to explain its origin” (2011, pp. 245–246).

Its major aspects include, for example, a legal system characterized by procedures formulated in reference to abstract, universally applicable prescriptions and executed, as well as interpreted, by specially trained jurists (see 1927, p. 313; 1968, p. 883). Typical of large-scale organizations in the West was bureaucratic rulership, as carried out by trained officials and managers administering their delineated ...

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