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The Max Weber Dictionary
Key Words and Central Concepts
Richard Swedberg


360 pages.
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Cloth ISBN: 9780804750943
Paper ISBN: 9780804750950


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Max Weber is one of the world’s most important social scientists, and one of the most notoriously difficult to understand. This dictionary will aid the reader in understanding Weber’s work. Every entry contains a basic definition, examples of and references to the word in Weber’s writing, and references to important secondary literature.

More than an elementary dictionary, however, this work makes a contribution to the general culture and legacy of Weber’s work. The dictionary also contains extended entries for broader concepts and topics throughout Weber’s work, including law, politics, and religion. Every entry in the dictionary delves into Weber scholarship and acts as a point of departure in discussion and research. As such, this book will be an invaluable resource to general readers, students, and scholars alike.

About the author

Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His publications include The Handbook of Economic Sociology and Sociology of Economic Life. He is also the author of Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology.

"What an impressive undertaking! This will be an important resource to anyone interested in Max Weber's work for years to come."

—Mustafa Emirbayer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"The Weber dictionary will be an indispensable source of reference for social scientists. It will contribute to a much better grasp of Weber's extensive writings."

—Sam Whimster, editor of the Journal for Max Weber Studies