Max Weber was the Father of Modern Sociology

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Max Weber is considered by many the father of modern sociology. Born in Germany in 1864, he passed his bar exam in 1886 and completed his Ph.D. in 1889. He suffered a mental breakdown in 1897, after the death of his father, suffering from depression, anxiety and insomnia. He was unable to work for several years. His most famous work was published in 1905 entitled, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. He returned to teaching in 1918 and died in 1920, after contracting the Spanish flu. His final manuscript was unfinished, although it was edited in 1922 by his wife and published. Weber’s “ideal type” is not something that is real. It is a concept that he uses when looking at institutions in their purest form and purest state. When looking at bureaucracies he uses this methodology of ideal type in determining what makes them successful, what they are and what they should be. The theory of “ideal type” is used as a measuring stick and is used in any situation where measuring the reality of something against what its purest form should be. Weber argues that it is rational principles on which bureaucracies are based, and that as goal oriented organizations they must stay true to these principles in order to efficiently attain their goals. Weber argues that its strength is its weakness. That the efficiency is what makes it strong but that its lack of personalized interconnectedness, the individual is there for a paycheck and then goes home. Weber
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