WeberJuly7MethodsOutline

WeberJuly7MethodsOutline - Development of Sociological...

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Development of Sociological Theory Manjusha Nair Key points Critique of the Objective Method Interpretive Method Ideal Type Max Weber 1864-1920 Biography: Born in Erfurt, Prussia Calvinist mother and politician father Student of legal and economic history in Heidelberg and berlin full professor in political economy at Freiburg, Max Weber 1864-1920 Biography (continued) in the following year (1896), at Heidelberg doctoral and postdoctoral theses on the agrarian history of ancient Rome and the evolution of medieval trading societies ideology of "liberal imperialism" nervous collapse that was to prostrate him between mid-1898 and 1903 Publication of important works Weber died of a lung infection in June 1920. Max Weber 1864-1920
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Important works: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 1902 Religious Rejections of the World and Their Directions 1916 The Methodology of the Social Sciences 1949 The Sociology of Religion 1920. Max Weber 1864-1920 Interpretive sociology: Human beings do not simply act; we engage in meaningful action. Max Weber, the pioneer of this framework, argued that the proper focus of sociology, therefore, is interpretation—or understanding the meanings people create in their everyday lives. Interpretive sociology, therefore, is the study of society that focuses on the meanings people attach to their social world. Interpretive sociology differs from scientific, or positivist, sociology in three ways. First, scientific sociology focuses on action, what people do; interpretive sociology, by contrast, focuses on the meaning people attach to behavior. Second, while scientific sociology sees an objective reality “out there,” interpretive
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course COMMUNICAT 300 DoST taught by Professor Nair during the Summer '10 term at Rutgers.

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