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From Elective Affinities and Selection to Base/Superstructure and Back – an Attempt at Salvaging Concepts

02.22.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

„Es ist mit den Geschäften wie mit dem Tanze; Personen, die gleichen Schritt halten, müssen sich unentbehrlich werden; ein wechselseitiges Wohlwollen muß notwendig daraus entstehen…“ [It is with business as it is with dance; persons who are in step with each other, will inevitably become indispensible for each other. A mutual benevolence will arise with ...

Heinrich Blücher on Laozi (Mystic Weber)

02.05.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

There is a strange and largely unnoticed return of Orientalism into the social-scientific debate. The anti-rationalist turn against what often is perceived to be a continued stranglehold of Cartesian mind-body dualism now often seeks to ally itself with ‘Eastern thought’. The most startling precedent of poststructuralist Orientalism of course is to be found in Gilles ...

emotional weber

12.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Max Weber has, again and again, been built up as main example for how modern sociology is rationalistic and works on a strict Cartesian mind/body dualism. And of course – if you seek to demonstrate how your new theory goes beyond the sociological tradition which from the start has ignored the body, non-human agency, emotions ...

inconvenient weber

12.01.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

… not sure we’re following this maxim enough in contemporary social science teaching… ‘The primary task of a useful teacher is to teach his students to recognize “inconvenient” facts – I mean facts that are inconvenient for their party opinions. And for every party opinion there are facts that are extremely inconvenient, for my opinion ...

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the spirit of capitalism and fordist daydreaming

10.10.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

  Benjamin Franklin’s advice to a young tradesman has famously been used by Max Weber to exemplify what he called the ‘spirit of capitalism’ which he (Weber) summarises thus ‘Sondern vor allem ist das “summum bonum” dieser “Ethik”: der Erwerb von Geld und immer mehr Geld, unter strengster Vermeidung alles unbefangenen Genießens, so gänzlich aller ...

sociology and the bearded bourgeois white men

10.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

It has become a common exercise in sociology introductory classes to show students a lineup of the classics (normally Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim) and ask them what these three have in common. Answer: they are all bearded middle-class white males. This is, of course, a valid reminder of one of sociology’s core messages: ...

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Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory pre-published open access version pdf available here abstract In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, ...

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