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Max Weber

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Transcript of Max Weber

Social Science Theorist
Max Weber
- Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas influenced social theory, social research, and the entire discipline of sociology.

- He is considered as one of the three founding architects of sociology.
Theories & Beliefs
-Max Weber agreed with Karl Marx that 'class' as 'political economic power' was a major factor in the historical development of modern society.

-However he disagreed that 'class' was the only factor that dominated modern society.

Theories & Beliefs
- Weber modified Marx's approach, he believed that economic factors are not the only influence on differences between social groups .

-Religion,education,politics and family structure have just as much affect, he argued.
Theories and Beliefs
-Weber believed that power came in many forms.People could obtain it numerous ways such as a belonging to a political party or social group.

-Wealth alone, he thought was not enough to give a person power .

Max Weber

-The Bureaucratic Theory was created by Max Weber

-Bureaucracies : large , highly structured organizations that tend to function in a impersonal matter

-He thought the creation of government bureaucracies were essential to provide necessities like social services , such as safe drinking water ,sewage disposal and schooling

-He believed that this system of government would improve most society's problem

Features of Bureaucratic Organization

1.Divisons of Labor
-workers are assigned to specific specialized tasks
-each person would have there own job
2.Rules and Regulations
-helps guide the actions of workers
-ensures tasks are performed uniformly
3. Hierarchy of Qualification
-the decision making power at the bureaucracy moves from the top
Features of Bureaucratic Organization
4. Technical Qualification
-Hiring Promoting people based on the ability to preform a task or job
5. Impersonality
-allowing workers to perform without having any personal feelings toward them
-treat everybody on the job based on how their doing the work with disregard to any personal feelings

According to Weber, authority is based on the implicit threat of violence; however if force is used, all authority is lost.
Weber's conception of the state as holding a monopoly on force is explained in this video .
Politics as a Vocation
(The State and Violence Monopoly)
During he Industrial revolution Weber wanted to know why the West had developed, leaving other regions behind. He concluded that development does not occur until something encourages people to abandon traditional ways.Webers thesis is explained in this video.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Fun Facts
EDUCATION: Heidelberg University, University of Berlin, Göttingen

PLACE OF BIRTH: Erfurt (Prussia), Germany

PLACE OF DEATH: Munich, Germany

Full Name: Maximilian Karl Emil Weber
Quote:"The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world."

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