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Max Weber : an intellectual portrait
Bendix, Reinhard.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, [1977]

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li, 522 pages ; 21 cm
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The purpose of this book is to make Weber's sociological work more accessible and more thematically coherent than it is either in the original or in translation. This volume is used as an introduction to the study of orignal Weber texts and gives the reader a systematic presentation of Weber's sociological studies.

Author Notes

Reinhard Bendix (1916 - 1991) was professor of political science at the University of California in Berkeley, where he has been teaching since 1947. Born in Berlin in 1916, Bendix fled the Hitler regime when he was twenty-two, and came to the United States, where he entered the University of Chicago. There he studied sociology and obtained a B.A. in 1941, an M.A. in 1943, and his Ph.D. four years later. In 1970 he was president of the American Sociological Association. Among his numerous books are Work an Authority (1956), Nation-baking and Citizenship (1964), Embattled Reason (1970), and Kinds or People (1980).

Table of Contents

I Career and Personal Orientation
Part One German Society and the Protestant Ethic
II Weber's Early Studies and the Definition of his Intellectual Perspective
III Aspects of Economic Rationality in the West
Part Two Society, Relgion, and Secular Ethic: a Comparative Study of Civilizations
IV Introduction
V Society and Religion in China
VI Society and Religion in India
VII Society and Religion in Ancient Palestine
VIII Max Weber's Sociology of Religion
Part Three Domination, Organization, and Legitimacy: Max Weber's Political Sociology
IX Basic Concepts of Political Sociology
X Charismatic Leadership and Domination
XI Traditional Domination
XII Legal Domination: The Emergence of Legal Rationality
XIII Legal Domination (continued): The Modern Sate and Struggle for Power
XIV A Contemporary Perspective
XV Max Weber's Image of Society