Weberian Sociological Theory

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Cambridge University Press, 28 feb. 1986 - 356 pagina's
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Randall Collins convincingly argues that much of Max Weber's work has been misunderstood, and that many of his most striking and sophisticated theories have been overlooked. By analysing hitherto little known aspects of Weber's writings, Professor Collins is able both to offer a new interpretation of Weberian sociology and to show how the more fruitful lines of the Weberian approach can be projected to an analysis of current world issues. Professor Collins begins with Weber's theory of the rise of capitalism, examining it in the light of Weber's later writings on the subject and extending the Weberian line of reasoning to suggest a 'Weberian revolution' in both medieval Europe and China. He also offers a new interpretation of Weber's theory of politics, showing it to be a 'world-system' model; and he expands this into a theory of geopolitics, using as a particular illustration the prediction of the future decline of Russian world power. Another 'buried treasure' in the corpus is Weber's conflict theory of the family as sex and property, which Professor Collins applies to the historical question of the conditions that led to the initial rise in the status of women. The broad view of Weber's works shows that Weberian sociology remains intellectually alive and that many of his theories still represent the frontier of our knowledge about large-scale social processes.
 

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Introduction
1
Religion as economics
7
Politics as religion
12
Economics as politics
14
Economics
17
Webers last theory of capitalism
19
The components of rationalized capitalism
21
The causal chain
26
Conclusion
184
The future decline of the Russian Empire
186
Size and resource advantage
187
Fragmentation of interior states
188
Showdown wars and turning points
189
Overextension and disintegration
190
Russian expansion and resource advantage
191
Russian loss of marchland advantage
195

Webers general theory of history
34
Webers confrontation with Marxism
37
Conclusion
44
The Weberian revolution of the High Middle Ages
45
The Weberian model
46
The bureaucratic Church
49
Monasteries as economic entrepreneurs
52
Was medieval Europe capitalist?
54
religious capitalism in Buddhist China
58
The downfall of religious capitalism in Europe
73
Conclusion
76
A theory of technology
77
What is an invention?
80
The case of military technology
85
The longterm perspective
95
Tribal societies
97
Command economies
102
Capitalist innovation
111
Conclusion
115
Weber and Schumpeter toward a general sociology of capitalism
117
Weber and Schumpeter
119
Where do profits come from?
122
Monopolization as a key economic process
125
The organizational politics of money
134
the nature of capitalist development
139
Politics
143
Imperialism and legitimacy Webers theory of politics
145
Economic interests imperialist and nonimperialist
148
Nationalism
151
Legitimacy
155
Legitimacy and imperialism
158
Geopolitics external and internal
161
Modern technology and geopolitics
167
The size of contemporary and traditional states
170
The vulnerability of sea power
173
Air power and its geopolitical effects
178
Russia as an interior state
196
The Cold War as a turning point
197
Interaction of geopolitical disadvantages
201
Alternative perspectives
204
Conclusion
208
Culture
211
Heresy religious and secular
213
The universal church and the imperial state
215
Heresy and organizational power struggles
221
Geopolitical events and internal church conflicts
226
The asymmetry of mystical and moralistic religions
230
Puritans versus compromisers within moralistic religions
240
Equivalents in secular politics
241
Alienation as ritual and ideology
247
Alienation in Marxs system
250
The romanticization of past and present
251
Cultural snobbery or revolution in ritual production?
253
Surplus value versus the sociology of markets
255
A micromacro perspective
259
Alienation as modern secular politics
261
Sex
265
Webers theory of the family
267
The geopolitics of the family
271
The family as sex and property
276
Political and economic determinants of family organization
277
The kin group and its transformations
285
The rise and fall of the household
287
The question of Iroquois matriarchy
294
Courtly politics and the status of women
297
The Nayar puzzle
299
Marriage politics in Heian Japan
306
courtly politics and the status of women in world history
312
Moral politics in ancient Rome
315
References
323
Index
337
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