Economy and Society: A New Translation

Economy and Society: A New Translation

by Max Weber


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The definitive new translation of Max Weber’s classic work of social theory—arguably the most important book by the foremost social theorist of the twentieth century.

Max Weber’s Economy and Society is the foundational text for the social sciences of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, presenting a framework for understanding the relations among individual action, social action, economic action, and economic institutions. It also provides a classification of political forms based upon “systems of rule” and “rulership” that has shaped debate about the nature and role of charisma, tradition, legal authority, and bureaucracy.

Keith Tribe’s major new translation presents Economy and Society as it stood when Weber died in June 1920, with three complete chapters and a fragment of a fourth. One of the English-speaking world’s leading experts on Weber’s thought, Tribe has produced a uniquely clear and faithful translation that balances accuracy with readability. He adds to this a substantial introduction and commentary that reflect the new Weber scholarship of the past few decades.

This new edition will become the definitive translation of one of the few indisputably great intellectual works of the past 150 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674916548
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 353,733
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Keith Tribe is a leading authority on Weber, a noted historian of economic and social thought, and an accomplished translator.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction to Max Weber's Economy and Society 1

Overview of Chapter One 74

1 Basic Sociological Concepts 77

Overview of Chapter Two 139

2 Basic Sociological Categories of Economic Action 143

Overview of Chapter Three 335

3 Types of Rule 338

Overview of Chapter Four 448

4 Social Ranks and Social Classes 450

Appendix A Translation Appendix 459

Appendix B The Definitional Paragraphs of Chapter 1 489

Acknowledgements 497

Index 499

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