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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 II: The Rationalism of China
The Sociology of Civilizations II: The Rationalism of China

Central to Weber for an understanding of the “particular rationalism” unique to classical China1 is the sustaining strength of clan ties and the absence of politically autonomous cities. In direct contrast to the medieval West, patrimonial princes and literati officials stood opposite the clan. As a consequence of its support by Confucianism and an entire host of magical spirits, together with multiple further groups, Chinese rationalism was constituted from constellations of groups that effectively opposed the widespread development of both capitalism and modern capitalism.2 This civilizational rationalism—and the extent to which patterned action becomes rationalized—can be reconstructed in a detailed manner. A number of Weber’s texts will ...

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