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date: 21 July 2019

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Max Weber is one of the most important social theorists of the past century. His legacy includes a distinctive approach to inquiry and engagement with political and cultural issues. The Weberian perspective can be understood as both a “paradigm” for analyzing social phenomena and a specification of categories defining the field of inquiry, such as economy, power, stratification, religion, law, culture, and science. The handbook presents chapters exploring each of these substantive topics, demonstrating the application of Weberian concepts and ideas to contemporary problems. The future promises a worldwide diffusion of Weber’s ideas, addressed especially to the challenges of global modernity. The introductory chapter concludes with a detailed chronology of Weber’s life.

Keywords: Max Weber, Weberian paradigm, Weberian legacy, social theory, global modernity

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