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Max Weber and Postmodern Theory : Rationalization Versus Re-Enchantment - Nicholas Gane

Max Weber and Postmodern Theory

Rationalization Versus Re-Enchantment

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781403941169
Number Of Pages: 194

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This book explores the contemporary nature of Max Weber's work by looking in detail at his key concepts of rationalization and disenchantment. Thematic parallels are drawn between Weber's rationalization thesis and the critiques of contemporary culture developed by Jean Francois Lyotard, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. It is suggested that these three 'postmoden' thinkers develop and respond to Weber's analysis of modernity by pursuing radical strategies of affirmation and re enchantment. Examining the work of these three key thinkers in this way casts new light both on postmodern theory and on Weber's sociology of rationalization.

'Gane's book raises important questions, and fleshes out the strengths and limits of Weber's ideas in a way that has not been possible within the framework of traditional readings.' - Isher-Paul Sahni, Journal of Classical Sociology, 2003

Introduction * PART I: MAX WEBER'S THEORY AND CRITIQUE OF RATIONALIZATION * Rationalization and Disenchantment, I: From the Origins of Religion to the Death of God * Rationalization and Disenchantment, II: The Differentiation and De-differentiation of Modern Culture * The Value of Instrumental Reason: 'Science as a Vocation' * The Ethical Irrationality of the World: 'Politics as a Vocation' * PART II: WEBER AND POSTMODERN THEORY: LYOTARD, FOUCAULT AND BAUDRILLARD * Intermediate Reflection * Weber, Lyotard and the Aesthetic Sphere * Weber, Foucault and the Political Sphere * Weber, Baudrillard and the Erotic Sphere * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography

ISBN: 9781403941169
ISBN-10: 1403941165
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.41 x 13.82  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition