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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Weber and the Weberians

ISBN 9781137006240
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Traditions in Social Theory

Understanding Max Weber's contribution to social theory is vital for students and scholars of social science. This insightful text offers critical discussion of Weber's ideas, focusing on their uses - how they have been appropriated and applied to contemporary events. Written by one of the world's leading Weber scholars, this is an essential read.

Lawrence Scaff is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Wayne State University, USA. He is one of the world's leading scholars of Max Weber and has published many books on his works, including Max Weber in America (2011).

1. Weber and His Legacy
2. Historical and Cultural Analysis
3. The Theory of Social Action
4. Orders, Structures, Institutions
5. Paths to the Modern World
6. Weberian Social Theory and the Future.


This is the best short introduction to the ideas of Weber and their relation to contemporary thought in the market today. Scaff is a careful and fair expositor of some difficult but important ideas that every social scientist should be familiar with.' - Stephen Turner, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida, USA
'This book is a fine introduction to Weber and Weberian sociology. It not only gives a first-rate account of Weber's main concerns, grounded in a long career of scholarship, but also addresses the question of his influence: who are the Weberians among social scientists? What is it that makes them such?' - Alan Scott, Professor of Sociology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
'It is very rare to find a quality book on Weber that not only provides an accurate exposition of Weber's key ideas in theory, method and substantive analysis but also manages to provide a clear history of key moments in the reception history of Weber's ideas. Scholars and students will find a good deal to engage them and will come away from this book so much better informed about Weber's legacy and the continuing relevance of his work to the study of historical and contemporary societies and social processes.' - David J. Chalcraft, Chair of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, UK
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