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Economy and Society is a book by political economist and sociologist Max Weber, published posthumously in Germany in 1922 by his wife Marianne. Alongside The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, it is considered to be one of Weber's most important works. Extremely broad in scope, the book covers numerous themes including religion, economics, politics, public administration and sociology. A complete translation of the work was not published in English until 1968.

Further reading

  • Camic, Charles, Philip S. Gorski, and David M. Trubek (ed). 2005. Max Weber's Economy and Society: A Critical Companion. Stanford University Press. 403 pp. Google Print (ISBN 0804747172)

Source material

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Economy and Society
by Max Weber



Part One: Conceptual Exposition

  1. Basic Sociological Terms
  2. Sociological Categories of Economic Action
  3. The Types of Legitimate Domination
  4. Status Groups and Classes

Part Two: The Economy and the Arena of Normative and De Facto Powers

  1. The Economy and Social Norms
  2. The Economic Relationship of Organized Groups
  3. Household, Neighborhood and Kin Group
  4. Household, Enterprise and Oikos
  5. Ethnic Groups
  6. Religious Groups (The Sociology of Religion)
  7. The Market: Its Impersonality and Ethic
  8. Economy and Law (The Sociology of Law)
  9. Political Communities
  10. Domination and Legitimacy
  11. Bureaucracy
  12. Patriachalism and Patrimonialism
  13. Feudalism, Ständestaat and Patrimonialism
  14. Charisma and Its Transformation
  15. Political and Hierocratic Domination
  16. The City (Non-Legitimate Domination)


  1. Types of Social Action and Groups
  2. Parliament and Government in a Reconstructed Germany
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The author died in 1920, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


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