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From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology [Paperback]

Max Weber , H. H. Gerth , C. Wright Mills
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December 31, 1958 0195004620 978-0195004625
An introduction to the work of the greatest German sociologist and a key figure in the development of present-day sociological thought.

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Editorial Reviews


"Weber is essential to an understanding of sociological theory, and this is the quintessential Weber--a gold mine of insights into the workings of society."--Leslie Wasson, University of South Florida

"Still the best compilation of texts by Weber."--Peter Jelavich, University of Texas, Austin

"Wonderful....A classic for teaching modern EUuropean intellectual and cultural history."--Marjorie Beale, University of California

"An excellent collection of papers from Max Weber. This is must reading for students of sociology."--Sronja Szelenyi, Stanford University

"Still the single best book by and about Max Weber."--Terry Boswell, Emory University

"The writings selected are representative of a wide range of the author's exceedingly verstaile and comprehensive studies."--Talcott Parsons, Annals of the American Academy of Political Science

"A good and accessible compilation of Weber's major themes."--Laurel Kearns, Agnes Scott College

"A good, solid anthology; wide-ranging in its contents and should be standard in many sociology courses."--Gregory O'Dea, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"Superb collection of key texts!"--Szonja Szelenyi, Stanford University

About the Author

Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German political economist and sociologist who is considered one of the founders of the modern study of sociology and public administration.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Galaxy imprint) (December 31, 1958)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195004620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195004625
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to Weber's work December 3, 1999
Gerth and Mills' reader provides an excellent introduction to Weber's life and thought. This edition includes excerpts from _Economy and Society_, the brilliant essays ``Politics as a Vocation'' and ``Science as a Vocation,'' plus a brief critical biography and material from other sources.
Weber had so much to say about so many subjects that any anthology would require a well-considered method of organization; this book has that. It is easy to navigate. When I want to know what Weber said about a particular subject, I look in _From Max Weber_.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Work By Classic Social Theorist Max Weber September 2, 2004
What is most curious about the home page for this classic academic work is that Amazon does not explain that this text is the fruit of one the most singularly important academic translations in the 20th century, accomplished by the team of sociologists Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills (who later became an immensely influential classic sociologist himself). First published after the Second World War, the text provided access at long last to a treasure trove of previously untranslated works by Weber for the American academic community, and thus transformed the nature of the way American social scientists understood modern social theory.

It is no exaggeration to say that Weber's genius was his ability to successfully integrate the critical essence of the Marxian analysis of capitalist society with more functionally-oriented works such that even as stodgy and conservative a theorist as Talcott Parson soon found common analytical purpose with Weber's theoretical views! before long all the academic community was enthralled by the scope and verve of Weber's complex vision of a social theory informed with a comprehensive view of social action, such that all social actions can be meaningfully located within the welter of the purposes, motives, and values of the interacting individuals themselves. This was indeed an intelelctual revolution within social theory, and we can still find bibliophiles and academic devotees still poring over the nuances and variations in themes in Weber's considerable body of works.

After the publication of these essays, much more of his corpus of works was successfully translated and used in American university settings.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous January 28, 2010
As another review has mentioned, this is just a photocopy -- literally, a photocopy, printed and bound, complete with UNDERLINING by the previous owner. This is absolutely ridiculous and I can't believe Amazon sells it. I'll be returning this immediately, calling amazon and complaining very loudly, and buying a real book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This is the worst quality book I have ever purchased. The publisher (it appears to be just photocopied at 1946 Oxford University Press edition, complete with faded print and the previous owner's UNDERLINING (!!!!), and made a print run. I will be returning this outrage immediately and purchasing the 1958 Oxford edition instead.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition not worth the money July 21, 2010
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I bought this book and was given a refund, but I want to let people know that they're better off buying a printed copy of the book. The Kindle version is a cheaply produced version.

This Kindle version has numerous errors in spelling and formatting. It was obviously scanned and OCR'd from the printed text, but has not been proofread. For instance, these words are at the first Kindle location: "X rel;" and "reiace." I assume that's supposed to be something like page "X" and "Preface." But if Amazon can't be bothered to fix simple errors like that at the first location in the text (which would be the first page of the printed edition), then what other errors have been allowed to slide through the rest of the text? My favorite error is between locations 21-33. I found this word, "5jBa039." I can't even guess what that's supposed to say.

I'm an academic and it's quite important that I have a reliable text to work with. This book is not ready for prime time, and needs serious word-by-word editing by a professional. They shouldn't even be selling this book.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this edition May 1, 2010
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I strongly recommend that you don't buy that edition in any circumstance! It's just a photocopy, with lots of underline. Some pages are really hard to read. Funny thing: it's a expensive "edition". My opinion: Amazon must drop out this item from the bookstore. Really.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS COPY!!! February 17, 2011
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This copy is only a low-quality PHOTOCOPY book of the original one. DO NOT BUY THIS. It is not worth your money.
I am very disappointed to find out Amazon allows this item on shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazon should be honest about this product March 6, 2012
By sam6959
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I personally don't have a problem with the book itself. However, Amazon does not mention that this is a copied/scanned version with underlined pages. The Look inside option does not show you the pages with underlined sections. The only reason I'm not giving this a high rating is the lack of Amazon's honesty. They should not charge us for a new book value as it is not. Just a new cover.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Purchase
The following is a sample sentence from the book. Completely incomprehensible! I'm not even sure what to say!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nkatha Gitonga
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
In decent condition, had some markings and was not the correct edition of the text that i needed. Not the fastest delivery, but beginning of school year is a busy time I suppose.
Published 5 months ago by Jay Savage
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you need to be able to cite this book for anything.
when I tried to open this the formatting was a mess and I couldn't read it properly at all. I needed to be able to look things up by page number but I couldn't, and the titles of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathryn Ann Koch
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Considering the material this is an easy read yet includes complex theories. And unlike other works, the font size is also appealing.
Published 9 months ago by Ana Pincao
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY. FILLED WITH ERRORS
Bought it for class and it is so filled with errors, I couldn't even read it. DO NOT BUY. BUY SOFTCOVER INSTEAD
Published 9 months ago by Sean Kane
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
this book was rubbish. as it goes on you can see whoever created it typed nonsense in place of words and sentences. Read more
Published 12 months ago by reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Power in the political realm and its effect on interpretations of...
While Weber's Essays in Sociology has predominantly only been required reading within the field of sociology, this work equally informs other fields of intellectual study, such as... Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by LR
5.0 out of 5 stars As promised! I'm delighted.
Excellent in speed to get the prodcut to me, Great Quality in the product.

Published on May 14, 2010 by Emile Durkheim
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