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Weberian Sociological Theory : Cambridge Paperback Library - Randall Collins

Weberian Sociological Theory

Cambridge Paperback Library

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Published: 26th May 1986
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Randall Collins convincingly argues that much of Max Weber's work has been misunderstood, and that many of his most striking and sophisticated theories have been overlooked. By analysing hitherto little known aspects of Weber's writings, Professor Collins is able both to offer a new interpretation of Weberian sociology and to show how the more fruitful lines of the Weberian approach can be projected to an analysis of current world issues. Professor Collins begins with Weber's theory of the rise of capitalism, examining it in the light of Weber's later writings on the subject and extending the Weberian line of reasoning to suggest a 'Weberian revolution' in both medieval Europe and China. He also offers a new interpretation of Weber's theory of politics, showing it to be a 'world-system' model; and he expands this into a theory of geopolitics, using as a particular illustration the prediction of the future decline of Russian world power. Another 'buried treasure' in the corpus is Weber's conflict theory of the family as sex and property, which Professor Collins applies to the historical question of the conditions that led to the initial rise in the status of women. The broad view of Weber's works shows that Weberian sociology remains intellectually alive and that many of his theories still represent the frontier of our knowledge about large-scale social processes.

Preface
Introduction
Economics
WeberG++s last theory of capitalism
The Weberian revolution of the High Middle Ages
A theory of technology
Weber and Schumpeter: toward a general sociology of capitalism
Politics
Imperialism and legitimacy: WeberG++s theory of politics
Modern technology and geopolitics
The future decline of the Russian Empire
Culture
Heresy, religious and secular
Alienation as ritual and ideology
Sex
WeberG++s theory of the family
Courtly politics and the status of women
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521314268
ISBN-10: 0521314267
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 26th May 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54