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Max Weber Notes

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Max Weber Notes SOC 140* C

Sadie Jaramillo

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These notes cover the entire power point of Max Weber, condensed into the key parts.
Introduction to Sociology
Dr. Kathryn McGonigal
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Date Created: 02/15/16
Intro to Sociology Max Weber (1864-1920) - Sociologist, Economist, Historian - When Max was younger - got in fight w/ father, causing his father to die of a heart attack. (Fight was said to be over religion) - Close with his Mother- She later arranged his marriage - Fell in love with cousin Emma, shared intimate letter writing. She later had a mental breakdown Max’s Romantic Life: - Mom introduced him to MaryAnne - They later married but NEVER consummated the marriage leading to believe it was an intellectual partnership - He had romantic interludes with other women Max’s Mental Health: - Collapse of Emma (cousin) sent Max into multiple mental breakdowns. - He (out of nowhere) quit writing/working, teaching & being involved in politics. - Most famous mental lapse occurred in 1898-1904 - After each lapse he wrote MAJOR works in Sociology or made notes for a major sociological analysis. Weber’s Writings: - Considered one of the classical sociologists along with Durkheim and Marx. - Ideas and concepts based on similar subjects, but different theoretical development. Areas of Interest: - Developing method for social science; categorizing historical situations into “Ideal Types” (rigid outlines with separated different groups on the basis of leadership methods, characteristics of leaders, and types of government. 1 - Regarded social change/evolution of a society as due to the plurality of groups/ causes and the interdependence of groups within a society. Weber’s Thesis: - State is defined as an entity which possesses a monopoly on the use of physical force, a definition that is pivotal to the study of western political science - Weber’s views at odds/contradicted Marx’s view that economic factors were the sole driving force of social change within any given society. - Economy is driving force —> Marx’s thesis Role of Religion: - Religious values, ideologies, and charismatic leaders shaped societies. - Protestant Ethic & Spirit of Capitalism - 1930- published posthumously - Developed a thesis concerning the close connection between the ascetic ideal of calvinists and the rise of capitalism in early U.S. Weberian Contributions: - Early advocate of “public intellectual” nature of social scientists - Advocate of Germany having a democratic form of gov. - Influenced the use of multicultural comparisons in sociology and of using statical measurements in sociological measurements. Weber’s Views: - Felt Major crisis of capitalism would come from broad bureaucracy - “Iron Cage of Bureaucracy”: Bureaucratic rules and unyielding institutions in developing societies would stifle/over - constrain growth of capitalism, innovation, and entrepreneurialism - Possibility of value-free sociology - NOT imposing one’s values on social scientific studies. Realizing the difference between facts and values (current evolution v. creationism debate) 2


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