Week 4 Weber - Max Weber(18641920 German Sociologists...

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Max Weber (1864- 1920) German Sociologists Theory of Social Action Theory of Structures of Authority
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Key Questions 1. How is modernity different from past? How did modern capitalism come about? Why now? Why here? 2. How is authority (power) understood and maintained in Western Capitalist Societies? 3. How can we understand why people act the way they do? What motivates them?
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Theory of Social Action Interested in the ways people attach meaning to what they do. Why people do what they do? Behavior v. Action Behavior = no thought, response to stimulus Action = conscious process, direct thought toward what you do
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“Verstehen” Subjective understanding (Interpretive Understanding) Method to understand connection between meanings/thought and action/behavior Understand meanings people attribute to things
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Theory of Social Action Social action flows from beliefs and ideas Social action flows from class position, status in society, political position ( Class, Status, Party )
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Contours of Modernity
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