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From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology (International Library of Sociology (Paperback)) 1st Edition

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"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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Weber was a professor at the University of Heidelberg. Acknowledged as one of the greatest of the founders of sociology, his influence has yet to reach its peak.

C. Wright Mills was a maverick social scientist who taught in Copenhagen, London, and Mexico City in addition to the United States. His work has been translated into twenty-three languages. Kathryn Mills works for a book publisher in Boston. Pamela Mills teaches American literature and composition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dan Wakefield is the author "of New York in the Fifties "(1992), which is the basis for a documentary film, "Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem" (1959), and many other works, including the best-selling novels "Going All the Way "(1970) and "Selling Out "(1985). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: International Library of Sociology (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415436664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415436663
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is the worst quality book I have ever purchased. The publisher (it appears to be booksllc.net) 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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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 political science, history, and social justice studies.

Like Bordieu, Weber argues that sociology is most clearly understood through interpretations of social stratifications and divisions. Weber defines sociology as "a science which attempts the interpretive understanding of social action in order thereby to arrive at a causal explanation of its cause and effect."

Weber's interpretation of social action can be used as a framework to further analyze prestige and power. His analysis of power structures illustrates how the political understanding of social actions becomes meaningful not only for defining the role of the individual, but more importantly, for the effect an individual's action has in engaging and re-defining the political community.

Weber's arguments draw on how power finds expression institutionally through state structures and the role social action has both on the individual and community in addressing power relations. Weber underscores that while various social actors relate to power structures differently, all power structures employ force to continue dependency as a means of control. This "dynamic of power" constructs a system of competition in which each political organization must to some degree let go of its isolationist and less dependent attitudes in order to gain more prestige and "further political expansion." Weber explains that political structures that alienate themselves run the risk of curbing their power gain.
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