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316 Lecture 7 Spring18

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Sara Tomczuk

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Transcript of 316 Lecture 7 Spring18

Weber and Domination
social orders are generally the result of social competition that produces power for the winners and their beneficiaries.
probability that a specific command, given within a set context, will be obeyed by a group of subordinate persons.
power is institutionalized in systems of domination
legitimacy reduces the costs of rule
actors submit voluntarily to domination because they believe it (to some extent) to be just or proper.
three ideal types of legitimate authority
common belief in the sanctity of tradition
extraordinary devotion and emotional attachment to a 'supernatural' personality
conformity to codified rules and regulations
methodological individualism on power
Weber and rationalization
introduction of means-end rationality to increase coherence, efficiency, and reliability
the state
has the monopoly on legitimate force in a territory
Rationalization leads to disenchantment
rationalization is so effective at explanation that it takes all the wonder out of life.
it doesn't provide a meaning or value system.
Science is the apex of rationalization
never ending progress
lack of subjective meaning
Bureaucracy is the rationalization of organization
rules-oriented, impartial and universal
Characteristics of Bureaucratic Institutions
fixed jurisdictions
have written files
formal training
instituted rules
in a bureaucratic organization, depersonalization means allegiance to the organization not to any one person or clan.
predictable career tracts
monetized economy permits payment of wages
durable through changes in leadership
Bureaucracies are so good at organizing tasks and people toward goals that other entities operating near a bureaucracy must adopt this mode of organization or perish.
The "...chance of a man or a number of men to realize their own will in a social action even against the resistance of others who are participating in the action."
For next class

What are Weber's starting assumptions to his methodological individualist approach?

How did Weber conceptualize 'power' in his approach to class, status, party?

Why did he conceptualize power in that way?
Warm up!
Writing Workshop 1
Read Short Paper 1 instructions and pick a prompt.
Prepare to answer the prompt.
Think about how you will answer the prompt.
Think about why you chose the prompt you did.
Ideas and Individuals: Weber's "Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"

how does this theory reflect Weber's methodological individualism?
how would a functionalist explain the same phenomenon?
an historical materialist?
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