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Why does Max Weber's perspective seem most relevant to today's social problems?

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vladik1 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted February 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM via web

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Why does Max Weber's perspective seem most relevant to today's social problems?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Max Weber's perspective seems most relevant to today's problems because it does a good job of explaining why we react to those problems as we do.

For example, in the United States today, we have a great deal of economic inequality.  Weber says that our reaction to that inequality is based on what meaning we give to it.  If we feel that the inequality is based on how hard people work and how talented they are, we feel that it is not a problem and we do not try to address it.  However, if we see that inequality as a result of oppression and government policies that favor the rich, we try to reduce it.

Thus, our reaction to problems like this reflects Weber's perspective.  We react to problems based on what meaning we give them.

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