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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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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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the best possible student feedback

10.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

is an endorsement from someone who stands on the opposite end of the democratic political spectrum. Here’s Conservative Lord Moore whose tutor Ralph Miliband was (quoted from the Guardian) Moore, who served in Thatcher’s cabinet between 1986 and 1989 and was briefly tipped as a potential successor to Thatcher, said it “beggars belief” that the ...

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09.18.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Karl Marx 1844: Ich, wenn ich Beruf zum Studieren, aber kein Geld dazu habe, habe keinen Beruf zum Studieren, d.h. keinen wirksamen, keinen wahren Beruf. Dagegen ich, wenn ich wirklich keinen Beruf zum Studieren habe, aber den Willen und das Geld, habe einen wirksamen Beruf dazu. (Marx 1971: 300)  If I have the vocation for study but ...

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