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Max Weber in America - Lawrence A. Scaff

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Max Weber, widely considered a founder of sociology and the modern social sciences, visited the United States in 1904 with his wife Marianne. The trip was a turning point in Weber's life and it played a pivotal role in shaping his ideas, yet until now virtually our only source of information about the trip was Marianne Weber's faithful but not always reliable 1926 biography of her husband."Max Weber in America" carefully reconstructs this important episode in Weber's career, and shows how the subsequent critical reception of Weber's work was as American a story as the trip itself.

Lawrence Scaff provides new details about Weber's visit to the United States--what he did, what he saw, whom he met and why, and how these experiences profoundly influenced Weber's thought on immigration, capitalism, science and culture, Romanticism, race, diversity, Protestantism, and modernity. Scaff traces Weber's impact on the development of the social sciences in the United States following his death in 1920, examining how Weber's ideas were interpreted, translated, and disseminated by American scholars such as Talcott Parsons and Frank Knight, and how the Weberian canon, codified in America, was reintroduced into Europe after World War II.

A landmark work by a leading Weber scholar, "Max Weber in America" will fundamentally transform our understanding of this influential thinker and his place in the history of sociology and the social sciences.

Winner of the 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, History of Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association "In 1904, shortly after emerging from severe psychological illness and between the two essays that made up The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber traveled with his wife, Marianne, to the U.S., where he would deliver a paper at the Congress of Arts and Science in St. Louis. Drawing from a rich variety of archival material, Scaff has written the definitive story of that trip."--Choice "Max Weber in America ranks among the very best interpretations of Max Weber's sociology."--Bryan S. Turner, American Journal of Sociology "Scaff has undertaken a prodigious amount of archival research in tracing Weber's path through the United States, and it is difficult to conceive of what would comprise a more definitive examination of this period in Weber's life and work."--John G. Gunnell, Journal of American History "This close-grained reading of Weber's American trip and the American dissemination of his writings sheds illuminating light on both... Weber scholars will find Scaff's meticulous treatment of the translation of Weber's texts extremely useful."--Daniel Rodgers, H-Net Reviews "Given its scale, the uniqueness of its insights and the relentless industry displayed, this is a work of scholarship which is most unlikely to be superseded. The study comes at Weber from an unexpected angle and adds much to the understanding of this multifaceted giant founder of sociology."--Kieran Flanagan, Canadian Journal of Sociology "[A] readable intellectual biography of a major work in social science as well as a fascinating discussion of the politics and personalities behind what seems ... an inevitable and unalterable stand alone work. Those unfamiliar with Weber may flounder at first, but the anecdotes about the various people and places should hold the reader until the rhythm of the work becomes comfortable and the ideas fall into place. A well developed and insightful presentation should maintain Scaff's status as a leading Weber scholar."--John Barnhill, 49th Parallel "[T]his is an extraordinary work of dedicated research, performed by a scholar who came to the task with genuine Weberian instincts. Scaff treats his subject with an empathy, sobriety and fairness that are a model to social and political scientists. Admittedly, not many in our ranks could approach Weber's heights of scholarly innovation, because, as Scaff quietly reminds us, he saw further and deeper into American society than most native born or foreign researchers. Max Weber in America is a tribute to a scholar who built his social theory on scientific notions of objectivity and moral impulses of decency."--Irving Louis Horowitz, European Legacy

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The American Journey
Thoughts about Americap. 11
Traveling to Progressive Americap. 11
New Horizons of Thoughtp. 16
A ôSpiritualisticö Construction of the Modern Economy?p. 20
The Land of Immigrantsp. 25
Arriving in New Yorkp. 25
Church and Sect, Status and Classp. 29
Settlements and Urban Spacep. 36
Capitalismp. 39
The City as Phantasmagoriap. 40
Hull House, the Stockyards, and the Working Classp. 43
Character as Social Capitalp. 48
Science and World Culturep. 54
The St. Louis Congress: Unity of the Sciences?p. 54
The Last Time for a Free and Great Development: American Exceptionalism?p. 60
The Politics of Artp. 66
Gender, Education, and Authorityp. 69
Remnants of Romanticismp. 73
The Lure of the Frontierp. 74
The Problems of Indian Territoryp. 82
Nature, Traditionalism, and the New Worldp. 90
The Significance of the Frontierp. 95
The Color Linep. 98
Du Bois and the Study of Racep. 100
The Lessons of Tuskegeep. 108
Race and Ethnicity, Class and Castep. 112
Different Ways of Lifep. 117
Colonial Childrenp. 117
Nothing Remains except Eternal Changep. 119
Ecological Interludep. 127
Inner Life and Public Worldp. 129
The Cool Objectivity of Sociaaonp. 133
The Protestant Ethicp. 137
Spirit and Worldp. 139
William James and His Circlep. 146
Ideas and Experiencep. 151
American Modernityp. 161
Strange Contradictionsp. 164
Becoming Americanp. 168
Cultural Pluralismp. 174
Interpretation of the Experiencep. 181
The Discourse about Americap. 182
A Way Out of the Iron Cage?p. 185
America in Weber's Workp. 191
The Work in America
The Discovery of the Authorp. 197
Author and Audiencep. 197
Networks of Scholarsp. 198
Translation Historyp. 201
The Disciplinesp. 206
The Creation of the Sacred Textp. 211
An American in Heidelbergp. 213
Parsons Translates The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 217
The Invention of the Theoryp. 229
Gerth and Mills Publish a Weber ôSource Booköp. 229
Parsons's ôTheory of Social and Economic Organizationöp. 233
Weber among the Émigrésp. 238
Weberian Sociology and Social Theoryp. 244
Weber beyond Weberian Sociologyp. 249
Max and Marianne Weber's Itinerary for the American Journey in 1904p. 253
Max Weber, Selected Correspondence with American Colleagues, 1904-5p. 257
Archives and Collections Consultedp. 267
Bibliographic Notesp. 269
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780691147796
ISBN-10: 0691147795
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.59