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Title: Weberian Methodological Individualism: Implications for Contemporary Social Theory
Authors: Fabrykant, M.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Уральский федеральный университет
Ural Federal University
Citation: Fabrykant M. Weberian Methodological Individualism: Implications for Contemporary Social Theory / M.Fabrykant // Changing Societies & Personalities. — 2019. — Vol. 3. Iss. 2. — P. 124–138.
Abstract: Most contemporary sociologists’ aversion towards nationalism contrasts with the alleged nationalist views of one of the key classics of sociology, Max Weber. The considerable accumulated scholarship on the issue presents a unified belief that Weber was indeed a nationalist yet varies considerably in the significance attributed to the issue. Most authors entrench Weber’s nationalism within biographical studies of Weber’s political views as an individual beyond Weberian sociological theorizing. A different approach suggests that the notions of nationality in Weber’s works do have certain theoretical value as potentially capable of enriching the current understanding of the nation. The present article aims to bring together the notions of nationality dispersed within Weber’s various writings with the Weberian methodological individualism. The main argument of the article is that individualism and nationalism in Weber’s thought are not a contradiction despite the collectivism associated with the essentialist view of the nation. Instead, they represent a reflection of the fundamental shift from an earlier view of society as a meganthropos towards the pluralist problematization of the micromacro link definitive for the modern social theory. Analyzing the internal logic of this change provides new insights into the currently debated issue of retraditionalization, especially in relation to the ongoing renaissance of nationalism.
Keywords: WEBER
ISSN: 2587-6104
2587-8964 (Online)
DOI: 10.15826/csp.2019.3.2.066
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: This work is an output of a research project implemented as part of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).
Origin: Changing Societies & Personalities. 2019. Vol. 3. Iss. 2
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