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Max Weber

An Intellectual Portrait

Reinhard Bendix (Author), Guenther Roth (Introduction)

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Paperback, 573 pages
ISBN: 9780520031944
January 1978
$41.95, £31.95
The purpose of this book is to make Weber's sociological work more accessible and more thematically coherent than it is either in the original or in translation. This volume is used as an introduction to the study of orignal Weber texts and gives the reader a systematic presentation of Weber's sociological studies.  
I. Career and Personal Orientation

PART ONE GERMAN SOCIETY AND THE PROTESTANT ETHIC
II. Weber's Early Studies and the Definition of His Intellectual Perspective
III. Aspects of Economic Rationality in the West

PART TWO SOCIETY, RELIGION, AND SECULAR ETHIC: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CIVILIZATIONS
IV. Introduction
V. Society and Religion in China
VI. Society and Religion in India
VII. Society and Religion in Ancient Palestine
VIII. Max Weber's Sociology of Religion

PART THREE DOMINATION, ORGANIZATION, AND LEGITIMACY: MAX WEBER'S POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
IX. Basic Concepts of Political Sociology
X. Charismatic Leadership and Domination
XI. Traditional Domination
XII. Legal Domination: The Emergence of Legal Rationality
XIII. Legal Domination (continued): The Modern Sate and Struggle for Power
XIV. A Contemporary Perspective
XV. Max Weber's Image of Society

Index
Reinhard Bendix (1916 - 1991) was professor of political science at the University of California in Berkeley, where he has been teaching since 1947. Born in Berlin in 1916, Bendix fled the Hitler regime when he was twenty-two, and came to the United States, where he entered the University of Chicago. There he studied sociology and obtained a B.A. in 1941, an M.A. in 1943, and his Ph.D. four years later. In 1970 he was president of the American Sociological Association. Among his numerous books are Work an Authority (1956), Nation-baking and Citizenship (1964), Embattled Reason (1970), and Kinds or People (1980).
"Reinhard Bendix's work is the most complete introduction to Weber's thinking available in English . . . Bendix devotes most of his book to an exposition of Weber's substantive writings, omitting only a few studies. . . .Bendix is as fair and accurate in his exposition of Weber's work as one can ever expect, and he leads us with a keen sense of the essentials through Weber's voluminous scholarship."--Political Science Quarterly "Where others have restricted themselves to brief interpretation or analysis of specific aspects of Weber's work, Bendix has attempted the full scale study that has long been needed. As such, it unquestionably fulfills the minimum requirements. It is admirably clear, well organized, inclusive and based on long and conscientious research. For the student who wants an introductory guide to Weber, it will be a godsend, providing as it does the overall structure that the theoretician himself did not live to complete."--American Historical Review "Anyone who is aware of the scope and intricacy of Weber's work will recognize the magnitude of the task that Professor Bendix took upon himself and applaud the manner in which he has accomplished it."--New Statesman

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