Powerpoint_Intro_Lec - Max Weber Max Weber(1864-1920 Born in Erfurt Germany and Raised in Berlin Father was a lawyer and a member of Parliament

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Max Weber (1864-1920) Born in Erfurt Germany and Raised in Berlin Father was a lawyer and a member of Parliament 1882-1886 studied philosophy and law at various German Universities 1892-1897 taught law and economics at 1898 retired from teaching after a nervous breakdown
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Max Weber (1864-1920) Director of army hospitals at Heidelberg during WW I Consultant to the German armistice commission and helped draw up the new constitution Returned to academia for a brief period in 1918 Notable works The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Economy and Society The Methodology of the Social Sciences
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Essentialist Perspective on Categories Categories are objective – i.e., they exist independently of the beliefs of observers Categories are in the world waiting to be discovered by scientists Categories are defined by unique common properties possessed by every member of the category
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Constructivist Perspective on Categories Categories are social conventions Categories are historical and variable Categories result from historical processes of negotiation and contestation between actors
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Radical Constructivism (Nominalism) Categories are subjective Categories are imposed upon – i.e., “construct” – the external world Categories represent arbitrary divisions of continua
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2009 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Cornwell during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Powerpoint_Intro_Lec - Max Weber Max Weber(1864-1920 Born in Erfurt Germany and Raised in Berlin Father was a lawyer and a member of Parliament

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