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charisma

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Is a quality possessed by some individuals that encourages others to listen and follow. Charismatic leaders tend to be self-confident, visionary, and change oriented, often with eccentric or unusual ...
concept-construction

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The process whereby concepts are developed as a means of developing knowledge in a field, or contributing to the fuller theoretical understanding of the field. For Max Weber, the science of sociology ...
dominant ideology thesis

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Proponents of the thesis identify ideology, a term used (in this context) synonymously with concepts such as shared belief systems, ultimate values, and common culture, as the mainstay of social ...
economic sociology

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The fundamental problem in economics is to explain how the limited productive resources and effort of a society are allocated among the wide range of alternative uses to which they might be put. ...
elites

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Sometimes spelled with an accent, the word has now been anglicized in its sociological usage. The term is often loosely used to refer to any superior or privileged group, but it more properly refers ...
formal rationality

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As defined by Max Weber in his account of the market and bureaucracy, this refers to the extent of impersonal quantitative calculation (that is, risk assessment) that is possible and applied. Money ...
ideal type

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Ideal types in sociology are most closely associated with the name of Max Weber, although as a method of investigation and explanation they are more commonly found in economics, for example in the ...
industrial society

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A key element in modernity, it is important to distinguish the descriptive from the analytical uses of this term. At a descriptive level, an industrial society is simply one displaying the ...
occupational structure

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This refers to the aggregate distribution of occupations in society, classified according to skill level, economic function, or social status. The occupational structure is shaped by various factors: ...
organization theory

organization theory  

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In practice these terms are used interchangeably, although the former has a slightly wider remit than the latter as it also covers work by non-sociologists, including those who are concerned to ...
patrimonialism

patrimonialism  

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A form of political domination described by Max Weber (Economy and Society, 1920), in which authority rests on the personal and bureaucratic power exercised by a royal household, where that power is ...
political sociology

political sociology  

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Political sociology broadly conceived is the study of power and domination in social relationships. It could thereby include analysis of the family, the mass media, universities, trade unions, and so ...
rationalization

rationalization  

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Just as it is impossible to understand Karl Marx's concerns without seeing the centrality of labour power and its alienation into capital, so also it would be equally difficult to grasp the ...

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