The Political and Social Theory of Max Weber

Collected Essays

Author: Wolfgang J. Mommsen

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226534008

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Preface Acknowledgements Bibliographical Note and Abbreviations Part I - Politics and Social Theory 1. Politics and Scholarship: The Two Icons in Max Weber's Life 2. The Antinomical Structure of Max Weber's Political Thought 3. Max Weber's Theory of Legitimacy Today Part II - Max Weber on Socialism and Political Radicalism 4. Capitalism and Socialism: Weber's Dialogue with Marx 5. Joining the Underdogs? Weber's Critique of the Social Democrats in Wilhelmine Germany 6. Roberto Michels and Max Weber: Moral Conviction versus the Politics of Responsibility Part III - The Development of Max Weber's Theoretical Ideas 7. Max Weber on Bureaucracy and Bureaucratization: Threat to Liberty and Instrument of Creative Action 8. Ideal Type and Pure Type: Two Variants of Max Weber's Ideal-typical Method 9. Rationalization and Myth in Weber's Thought 10. The Two Dimensions of Social Change in Max Weber's Sociological Theory Part IV - The Rediscovery of Max Weber 11. Max Weber in Modern Social Thought Notes Index.
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History and Social Theory

Author: Peter Burke

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801472855

Category: History

Page: 224

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The second edition of this indispensable review of the emergence of the fields of history and social science and traces their tentative convergence as he reappraises the relations between them.
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Communicating Social Change

Structure, Culture, and Agency

Author: Mohan J. Dutta

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136848819

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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Communicating Social Change describes the social challenges that exist in current globalization politics, and examines the communicative processes, strategies and tactics through which social change interventions are constituted in response to the challenges.
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Ideology and Social Order (RLE Social Theory)

Author: Eric Carlton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317651723

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Truly interdisciplinary work between Sociology and History is are, because one discipline usually exploits the concerns or data of the other. Eric Carlton, however, has succeeded in bringing together the distinctive orientations of sociology and ancient history into a clearly written discussion of concerns crucial to both disciplines. Based on a comparative analysis or two pre-industrial civilisations, those of Ancient Egypt and Classical Athens, the study is primarily concerned with three issues. The first is the relationship between belief and action: does belief (intellectualised as ideology) affect or determine social behaviour? Second, the author examines the ways in which belief contributes to stability and ‘good order’ in society, and asks to what extent such factors as social status and social change are related to institutionalised mechanisms of social control. Finally, he indicates possible sociological frameworks or models which are ideological rather than stratificatory, whereby complex pre-industrial systems might be analysed. By analysing the societies of Ancient Egypt and Classical Athens in institutional terms, Eric Carlton examines the potency and pervasiveness of the ideological factor and shows that it is a persistent and determinative feature of this type of society.
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Social Mechanisms

An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

Author: Peter Hedström,Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521596879

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

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The advancement of social theory requires an analytical approach that systematically seeks to explicate the social mechanisms that generate and explain observed associations between events. These essays, written by prominent social scientists, advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. The mechanism approach calls attention to an intermediary level of analysis in between pure description and story-telling, on the one hand, and grand theorizing and universal social laws, on the other. For social theory to be of use for the working social scientist, it must attain a high level of precision and provide a toolbox from which middle range theories can be constructed.
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Social Theory for Alternative Societies

Author: Matt Dawson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137337346

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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This book traces a unique story of social theory: one which focuses on its role in offering ideas for alternative societies. In charting this story, Matt Dawson argues that the differences in alternatives offered by social theorists not only demonstrate the diversity in, and value of, sociological perspectives, but also emphasize competing ideas of the role of intellectuals in social change. The text discusses a collection of social theorists –from key figures such as Marx, Durkheim and Du Bois to less well known or now commonly overlooked writers such as Levitas, Lefebvre and Mannheim. It explains their use of the tools of sociology to critique society and provide visions for alternatives, highlighting elements of the intellectual backgrounds of movements such as socialism, anti-racism, feminism and cosmopolitanism. Social Theory for Alternative Societies not only explores in detail a variety of thinkers, but also reflects on the relevance of sociology today and on the connection between social theory and the 'real world.' Thus it will be of interest to students of sociology and those interested in ideas for a better society.
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Dissecting the Social

On the Principles of Analytical Sociology

Author: Peter Hedstrom

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139447331

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

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Over the past few decades serious reservations have been expressed about the explanatory power of sociological theory and research. In this important book, leading social theorist Peter Hedström outlines the foundations of an analytically oriented sociology that seeks to address this criticism. Building on his earlier influential contributions to contemporary debates, Professor Hedström argues for a systematic development of sociological theory so that it has the explanatory power and precision to inform sociological research and understanding. He discusses various mechanisms of action and interaction and shows how strong links can be forged between the micro and the macro, and between theory and empirical research. Combining approaches to theory and methodology and using extensive examples to illustrate how they might be applied, this clear, concise and original book will appeal to a broad range of social scientists.
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Social Entrepreneurship

Theory and Practice

Author: Ryszard Praszkier,Andrzej Nowak

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139504339

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice is about the creative ways in which social entrepreneurs solve pressing and insurmountable social problems. Theories of social change are presented to help demystify the 'magic' of making an immense, yet durable and irreversible, social impact. Utilizing case studies drawn from various fields and all over the world, the authors document how social entrepreneurs foster bottom-up change that empowers people and societies. They also review the specific personality traits of social entrepreneurs and introduce the new kind of leadership they represent. This book will be valuable to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, while remaining accessible to non-academic readers thanks to its clear language, illustrative case studies and guidelines on how to become a successful social entrepreneur.
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The Social Lens

An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory

Author: Kenneth Allan

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412978343

Category: Social Science

Page: 661

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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory, Second Edition is an upper division undergraduate social theory textbook that introduces the student to the major classical and contemporary theorists. The theorists were chosen for the diversity of their perspectives as well as their ability to introduce the student to contemporary theory. Dr. Allan uses a lively informative writing style to engage the students in the eras of social change that spawned the major sociological theories and then applies them to the current era, which also is experiencing major social change.
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The Emergence of Sociological Theory

Author: Jonathan H. Turner,Leonard Beeghley,Charles H. Powers

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452278865

Category: Social Science

Page: 520

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Now published by SAGE, this scholarly text covers the first one hundred years of sociological theorizing, from 1830-1930, focusing primarily on Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Durkheim, and Mead. The text provides an in-depth examination of these early sociological theorists with biographical background, analysis of key works, major influences, critical insights, and also answers the question, "What do these ideas tell us about the basic forces that shape the social world?" Posing this question for each theorist adds a unique perspective to the text and distinguishes it from other sociological theory books. In addition, it also includes material on the enduring models and principles of the theorists' work that continue to inform sociological theory today.
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