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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: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Curtis L. Bailey on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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15 of 20 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPV on December 14, 2014
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This is a useful book; in fact, I would consider it a must-read for anyone interested in the humanities and social sciences. With this type of book, you admittedly must have the patience of a camel to get through it; but it is worth it in the end. One of the things I tend to know about myself is that I have a pre-occupied mind; the amount of questions I have far outweigh the number of answers I have. Max Weber answers many of these questions, although at an abstract level. In fact, this is a book through which can 'theorize' oneself and become able to grapple with abstract thought. Talcott Parsons wrote the translation of the book; one has to wonder the degree to which his training and interests influenced his translation of the book. For instance, the book is only Part 1 of a larger project Max Weber wrote in German. If I am not mistaken, there is another copy of the work translated by a Marxist; I believe this translation also includes Part 2.

In short, one must read this book, no matter what your political or ideological background is.
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