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“Weber’s entire sociology, if we accept his words at face value was
Based on his conception of social actions” Ritzer
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For Weber, the subject matter of sociology was
Social action/social conduct
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The world is made up of
People doing things
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Society is produced through
Individual and collective actions
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He made a clear the difference between
Action and reactive behaviour
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Weber felt that behaviour was reserved for
For an automatic process which requires very little if any mental process occurring (not of any interest to Weber)
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Weber was more concerned with action
That involved the intervention of “thought processes” between the “occurrence of a stimulus and the response”
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To Weber sociological analysis involved
“The interpretation of actions in terms of its subjective meaning”
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Although this may seem as if by embedding his analysis in mental processes, Weber was quick to point out the it was wrong to say that
Psychology was the basis of sociological analysis
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In Weber social action theory, it was clear his intent was to...
“focus on individuals and patterns and regularities of action and not on the collectively”
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Weber identified 4 types of action: Means end rationality...
“Is determined by expectations as to the behaviour of objects in the environment." Your actions depend on the environment in which you are placed
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Value rationality...
You do this action because of something you believe in regardless of the consequence of the action
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Affectual action...
Is determined by the emotional state of the actor
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Traditional action
Is determined by the actors habitual and customary ways of behaving
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