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The Theory Of Social And Economic Organization Paperback – July 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0684836409 ISBN-10: 0684836408 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684836408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684836409
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curtis L. Bailey on October 8, 2013
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This is a notoriously bad translation of Weber. Talcott Parsons and company purged any sense of power as Herrschaft from Weber and rendered it as 'imperative coordination' rather than 'domination'. In Parsons, power becomes a 'resource' that wealthy and powerful people need to fulfill their important functional responsibilities not a tool of domination. Better to read the full text of Economy and Society, long since available in a complete and better translation.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 1000Books on January 21, 2010
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Weber is mentioned so often in subsequent texts that it become necessary to read his work just to be in the loop. In that regard, one should read his book.

That said, the early chapters were for me better than some of the latter. The ideas he posits on traditional vs. routine or bureaucratic organization are truly revolutionary. His descriptions of the inherent conflicts arising from the social structure are really insightful. The manner in which he lays out the importance of funding to the organization and the various classifications by which an organization can attempt to obtain that funding is really well conceptualized.

However, those that agree with Popper or have more modern beliefs about the manner in which economic systems are organized may find his discussion of money to be out-dated. His point of view predated the advancement seen in debt issuance innovation and therefore misses it. (How ironically Popper-ian to miss the way that Weber does!)

Moreover, he is writing during the initial period of charismatic leaders. This period has "played-out". His work is still interesting, but so much has been learned that has greater pertinence and specificity for those particularly interested in the politics of charismatic leaders.

That said, Weber's work is a turning point within academic thought and should be read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adegbemisola Oladunjoye on August 5, 2013
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The book arrived through the promised shipping method and as promised. It was very useful for the purpose I got it for.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By moose1009 on September 29, 2012
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This is not a good book because it does not explain things in very much detail and the professor didn't like the book either.
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