Max Weber and Postmodern Theory

Rationalization versus Re-enchantment

  • Authors
  • Nicholas Gane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 1-11
  3. Max Weber’s Theory and Critique of Rationalization

  4. Weber and Postmodern Theory: Lyotard, Foucault and Baudrillard

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 83-88
    3. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 89-112
    4. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 113-130
    5. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 131-150
    6. Nicholas Gane
      Pages 151-156
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-194

About this book


This book explores the contemporary nature of Max Weber's work by looking in detail at his key concepts of rationalization and disenchantment. Thematic parallels are drawn between Weber's rationalization thesis and the critiques of contemporary culture developed by Jean-Francois Lyotard, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. It is suggested that these three 'postmoden' thinkers develop and respond to Weber's analysis of modernity by pursuing radical strategies of affirmation and re-enchantment. Examining the work of these three key thinkers in this way casts new light both on postmodern theory and on Weber's sociology of rationalization.


Max Weber Michel Foucault nature religion sociology

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