Max Weber - Max Weber The Work Max Weberconceived of...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Max Weber The Work Max Weberconceived of sociology as a comprehensive science of social action. Inhis analytical focus on individual human actors he differed from many ofhis predecessors whose sociology was conceived in social-structuralterms. Spencer concentrated on the evolution of the body social as analogous to an organism. Durkheim's central concern was withinstitutional arrangements that maintain the cohesion of socialstructures. Marx's vision of society was informed by his preoccupationwith the conflicts between social classes within changing socialstructures and productive relations. In contrast, Weber's primary focuswas on the subjective meanings that human actors attach to their actionsin their mutual orientations within specific social-historical contexts. Behavior devoid of such meaning, Weber argued, falls outside thepurview of sociology. Four major types of social action are distinguished in Weber'ssociology. Men may engage in purposeful or goal-oriented rationalaction ( zweckrational ); their rational action may bevalue- oriented ( wertrational ); they may acto from emotional oraffective motivations; or, finally, they may engage in traditionalaction. Purposeful rationality, in which both goal and means
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 2

Max Weber - Max Weber The Work Max Weberconceived of...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online