First published in 1989, this reissue concerns itself with the relevance of Max Weber's sociology for the understanding of modern times. The book outlines key tennets of Weber's sociology and points to the valuable legacy of Weber's thought in contemporary intellectual debate, particularly with regard to secularization and rationalization of global cultures, the crisis of Marxism, the rise of the New Right and the emergence of post-modernism. An authoritative and insightful study bringing to light not only the contemporary relevance of Weber's social theory, but also offering a broad perspective for the analysis of social questions.
'Robert J. Holton and Bryan S. Turner have produced a marvellous book analysing both the contribution of Max Weber to our theory of "modernity" and the comeback of Liberalism as a vaibel ideological and social system.' - Dr. Ronald M. Glassman, William Patterson College, New Jersey
1. Sociology, Individualism and Liberalism 2. Max Weber, Austrian Economics and the New Right 3. Modernism, Postmodernism, and World Religions: Some Issues in Max Weber's Sociology of Religion 4. On Law, Morality, and Modern Society: The Rationalisation Process 5. Status Politics in Contemporary Capitalism 6. Has Class Analysis A Future? Max Weber and the Challenge of Liberalism to Gemeinschaft Accounts of Class