Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Martin Albrow
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Formation of Weber’s World-View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-12
    2. Martin Albrow
      Pages 46-61
    3. Martin Albrow
      Pages 62-77
    4. Martin Albrow
      Pages 78-94
  4. Constructing an Empirical Social Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-96
    2. Martin Albrow
      Pages 97-114
    3. Martin Albrow
      Pages 115-134
    4. Martin Albrow
      Pages 158-176
    5. Martin Albrow
      Pages 177-196
  5. Explorations in Weberian Social Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-198
    2. Martin Albrow
      Pages 199-226
    3. Martin Albrow
      Pages 227-246
    4. Martin Albrow
      Pages 247-269
    5. Martin Albrow
      Pages 271-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 290-316

About this book


Despite the acknowledged power of his insights, the discipline of sociology has largely neglected the leads given by Max Weber. At the same time it suffers fragmentation and loss of direction. Martin Albrow argues that these are not unconnected happenings. Here the author seeks to uncover the deeper meaning of Weber's work and thus recover a direction for sociology at the same time. He shows that Weber's struggle to establish a science of social reality both advances our understanding of the fate of the individual at the end of the twentieth-century and provides a profound sense of the reality of society. '...a passionate book. It is immensely lucid and erudite, and one of the best English language commentaries on Weber's theoretical work'. R.J. Holton, Sociological Review, No.40, 1992. 'The language is clear and concise - remarkably so, measured against the complexity of its themes. ... Albrow's penetrating insight and sovereignty are those of a mature, even wise, scholar... an important and profound book that should be used in all graduate-level theory courses'. Stephen Kalberg, Contemporary Sociology, Vol 20 No.1, 1991


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1990
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-28546-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20879-1
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