The Theory Of Social And Economic Organization (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Social Science - 448 pages
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This book is an introduction to Max Weber’s ambitious comparative study of the sociological and institutional foundations of the modern economic and social order.

In this work originally published in German in 1920, Weber discusses the analytical methods of sociology and, at the same time, presents a devastating critique of prevailing sociological theory and of its universalist, determinist underpinnings. None of Weber’s other writings offers the reader such a grasp of his theories; none displays so clearly his erudition, the scope of his interests, and his analytical powers.
  

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User Review  - Jorge Llaguno Sañudo - Goodreads

Weber its the source himself. Sometimes criticized of being too abstract or that his models were way to idealistic, nevertheless, he dissects the anatomy of power, and nails the concept of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josh Alfred - Goodreads

Mediocre, bland, I didn't get much from this book that I can recall. Rather off the spot, and sketchy. Read full review

Contents

The Author and His Career
3
Webers Methodology of Social Science
8
Webers Economic Sociology
30
The Institutionalization of Authority
56
The Modern Western Institutional System
78
The Fundamental Concepts of Sociology
87
The Definitions of Sociology and of Social Action
88
The Types of Social Action
115
Types of the Technical Division of Labour cont
227
Social Aspects of the Division of Labour
228
Social Aspects of the Division of Labour cont
233
Social Aspects of the Division of Labour cont
238
Social Aspects of the Division of Labour concluded
245
The Expropriation of Workers from the Means of Production
246
cont
248
The Concept of Occupation and Types of Occupational Structure
250

The Concept of Social Relationship
118
Modes of Orientation of Social Action
120
The Concept of Legitimate Order
124
The Types of Legitimate Order
126
The Bases of Legitimacy of an Order
130
The Concept of Conflict
132
Types of Solidary Social Relationships
136
Open and Closed Relationships
139
Representation and Responsibility
143
The Concept of Corporate Group and Its Types
145
Types of Order in Corporate Groups
148
Types of Order Governing Action in Corporate Groups
150
Types of Organization and of Corporate Groups
151
Power Authority and Imperative Control
152
Political and Religious Corporate Groups
154
Sociological Categories of Economic Action
158
The Concept of Utility
164
Modes of the Economic Orientation of Action
166
Typical Measures of Rational Economic Action
168
Types of Economic Corporate Groups
171
Media of Exchange Means of Payment Money
173
The Primary Consequences of the Use of Money Credit
179
The Market
181
The Formal and Substantive Rationality of Economic Action
184
The Rationality of Monetary Accounting Management and Budget ing
186
The Concept and Types of Profit Making The Role of Capital
191
Calculations in Kind
202
The Formal and Substantive Rationality of a Money Economy
211
Market Economies and Planned Economies
212
Types of Economic Division of Labour
218
Types of the Technical Division of Labour
225
24A The Principal Forms of Appropriation and of Market Relation ship
254
Conditions Underlying the Calculability of the Productivity of Labour
261
Types of Communal Organization of Labour
265
Capital Goods and Capital Accounting
267
The Concept of Commerce and Its Principal Forms
268
The Concept of Commerce and Its Principal Forms cont
270
29A The Concept of Commerce and Its Principal Forms concluded
272
The Conditions of Maximum Formal Rationality of Capital Ac counting
275
The Principal Modes of Capitalistic Orientation of Profit Making
278
The Monetary System of the Modern State and the Different Kinds of Money
280
Restricted Money
289
Paper Money
291
The Formal and Material Value of Money
292
Methods and Aims of Monetary Policy
294
36A Critical Note on the State Theory of Money
299
The NonMonetary Significance of Political Bodies for the Eco nomic Order
309
Motives of Economic Activity
319
Legal Authority with a Bureaucratic Administrative Staff
329
The Monocrotic Type of Bureaucratic Administration
337
7A Gerontocracy Patriarchalism and Patrimonialism
346
Decentralized Patrimonial Authority
352
Charismatic Authority
358
The Routinization of Charisma and Its Consequences cont
367
12B Feudalism
373
Combinations of the Different Types of Authority
382
nomic Situation
406
Types of Government of Corporate Groups Which Minimize Imperative
412
Representation by the Agents of Interest Groups
421
Index
431
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Max Weber, a German political economist, legal historian, and sociologist, had an impact on the social sciences that is difficult to overestimate. According to a widely held view, he was the founder of the modern way of conceptualizing society and thus the modern social sciences. His major interest was the process of rationalization, which characterizes Western civilization---what he called the "demystification of the world." This interest led him to examine the three types of domination or authority that characterize hierarchical relationships: charismatic, traditional, and legal. It also led him to the study of bureaucracy; all of the world's major religions; and capitalism, which he viewed as a productof the Protestant ethic. With his contemporary, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim---they seem not to have known each other's work---he created modern sociology.

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