The Oxford Handbook of Max Weber

ISBN : 9780190679545

Edith Hanke; Lawrence A. Scaff; Sam Whimster
656 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks

Active at the time when the social sciences were founded, Max Weber's social theory contributed significantly to a wide range of fields and disciplines. Considering his prominence, it makes sense to take stock of the Weberian heritage and to explore the ways in which Weber's work and ideas have contributed to our understanding of the modern world. Using his work as a point of departure, The Oxford Handbook of Max Weber investigates the Weberian legacy today, identifying the enduring problems and themes associated with his thought that have contemporary significance: the nature of modern capitalism, neo-liberal global economic policy, nationalism, religion and secularization, threats to legality, the culture of modernity, bureaucratic rule and leadership, politics and ethics, the value of science, power and inequality. These problems are global in scope, and the Weberian approach has been used to address them in very different societies. Thus, the Handbook also features chapters on Europe, Turkey, Islam, Judaism, China, India, and international politics. The Handbook emphasizes the use and application of Weber's ideas. It offers a journey through the intellectual terrain that scholars continue to explore using the tools and perspectives of Weberian analysis. The essays explore how Weber's concepts, hypotheses, and perspectives have been applied in practice, and how they can be applied in the future in social inquiry, not only in Europe and North America, but globally. The volume is divided into six parts exploring, in turn: Capitalism in a Globalized World, Society and Social Structure, Politics and the State, Religion, Culture, and Science and Knowledge.


About the Editors

List of Contributors

Abbreviated Titles for Max Weber's Texts

Chronology of Max Weber's Life


1. Introduction

Edith Hanke, Lawrence Scaff, and Sam Whimster

Part I. The Economy: Capitalism in a Globalized World

2. Economics and Society and the Fate of Liberal Capitalism

Sam Whimster

3. Max Weber's Analysis of Capitalism

Hinnerk Bruhns

4. Money, Credit, and Finance in Capitalism

Geoffrey Ingham

5. Law and the Development of Capitalism

Laura R. Ford

6. Is there a Future for Bourgeois Liberalism

Robert J. Antonio

Part II. Society and Social Structure

7. Contemporary Capitalism and The Distribution of Power in Society

John Scott

8. Weberian Social Theory: Rationalization in a Globalized World

Ralph Schroeder

9. Max Weber, Civil Society, and Partisanship

Sung Ho Kim

10. Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism

John Breuilly

11. The Weberian City, Civil Society, and Turkish Social Thought

Lutfi Sunar

Part III: Politics and the State

12. The Modern State and its Monopoly on Violence

Andreas Anter

13. The Relevance of Weber's Conception and Typology of Herrschaft

Stefan Breuer

14. The Supra-National Dimension in Max Weber's Vision of Politics

Kari Palonen

15. Plebiscitary Politics and the Threats to Legality

Claudius Harpfer

16. Politics and Ethics, and the Ethic of Politics

Hans Henrik Bruun

Part IV: Religion

17. Max Weber's Ethics for the Modern World

Peter Ghosh

18. Max Weber and the Late Modernization of Catholicism

Rosario Forlenza and Bryan Turner

19. The Disenchantment of the World or Why We Can No Longer Use the Formula As Max Weber Might Have Intended

Kenichi Mishima

20. Weber's China: Confucianism and Vernacular

Scott Lash

21. Class, Caste, and Social Stratification in India: Weberian Legacy

Hira Singh

22. Including Islam

Stefan Leder

23. The Study of Ancient Israel and its Relevance for Contemporary Politics

Eduardo Weisz

Part V: Culture

24. The Rationalizations of Culture and Their Directions

Thomas Kemple

25. Max Weber and the Sociology of Music

Brandon Konoval

26. Contemporary Life Conduct and Existential Cultures

Barbara Theriault

27. From Occidental Rationalism to Multiple Modernities

Johann P. Arnason

28. Max Weber and the Idea of the Occident

Joshua Derman

Part VI: Science and Knowledge

29. Intellectuals, Scholars, and the Value of Science

Gangolf Hubinger

30. The Iron Cage in the Information Age

Jos C. N. Raadschelders

31. Causation, Value Judgments, Verstehen

Stephen P. Turner

32. Realism and Reality in Max Weber

Sergio da Mata


Edith Hanke is managing editor of the Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich. She worked on Leo Tolstoy and his significance for German cultural debate c. 1900. She edited Max Weber's Sociology of Domination for the Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe (I/22-4 and I/23) and is currently engaged in research on Max Weber's worldwide proliferation and reception. ; Lawrence A. Scaff is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit. He is the author of Fleeing the Iron Cage (University of California Press, 1989), Max Weber in America (Princeton University Press, 2011; German translation Duncker & Humblot, 2013), and Weber and the Weberians (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). ; Sam Whimster is Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Global Policy Institute, London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He is the editor of the journal Max Weber Studies and the author of Understanding Weber; (Routledge, 2007; Portuguese translation 2007). He edited, with Hans Henrik Bruun, Max Weber's Collected Methodological Writings(Routledge, 2012). He is co-author of Federal Central Banks (Forum Press, 2018).