Lecture 17 - Conceptual Foundations of Weber's Theory of Domination

author: Iván Szelényi, Yale University
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Diverging significantly from Marx's idea that history can be traced by the modes of production and the economy, Weber argues that history is characterized by different modes of authority. Leaders strive to rule in authoritative ways, they attempt to legitimate their uses of power. Weber argues that throughout history, leaders have successfully established domination in three modes of authority: traditional, charismatic, and legal-rational.

Reading assignment:

Weber, Economy and Society
- Chapter 10, pp. 941-955
- Chapter 1, "Types of Social Action"; "Types of Action Orientation"; "Legitimate Order"; "Types of Legitimate Order"; "Bases of Legitimacy"; "Power and Domination," pp. 24-54

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