Max Weber

By: Nathan Rossmeisl

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About Max Weber

Early Background

  • Max Weber was born on April 21, 1864 in Erfurt, Prussia what is now called Germany.
  • Weber's father was a liberal politician who moved from Erfurt to Berlin Germany.
  • Weber's mother was a puritan morality which than caused Max from mental suffering in his adult life because his parents were distancing themselves from each other.
  • In 1882 is when Max enrolled at the University of Heidelberg.
  • Two years later, he stopped his studies and went to go fulfill his year of military service at Strassburg.
  • Which than led him to grow close to his mothers sister and her family which had an influence on his intellectual development.
  • Once he was dismissed from the military, weber's father wanted Max to go study at the University of Berlin and than stay at home pursing scholarship in legal and economic history.
  • Max Decided not to listen to his dad and left his home to go study for one semester in Göttingen while also working in his military reserve.
  • Max Weber was more of an upper class because of his father being a politician, but Weber was not able to live on his own working as a lawyers assistant and a University assistant.

Max Weber's contributions

  • Max had a three component theory of "Class, Status, and Power".
  • Power is the ability to control domains and the way it monopolizes, and economic power, and Political power and so forth. There are many different powers that have some sort of ability of controlling.
  • Class is determined by the wealth of weather you have a lot of money or a lot of land, and If not there is a separation from the other classes of wealth which there are three classes.
  • Weber did not believe that interest in a different class did not lead to an organized social action.
  • People that have less wealth tend to be the people in the labor works and people that have more money are the ones that have the big enterprises and do not have to do labor.
  • There are three types of workers and thats those who are skilled, those who are semi-skilled, and those who are unskilled. Based on that it determines your wages and your living style.
  • Weber had argued that the extent of those who own more and those who own less must become transparent for the workers in order to keep any issues from the classes to occur.
  • Weber also believed that when workers demand for higher wages that it is on the manger and not the store owner.
  • Status is part of the three components theory of weber and status is based on your daily life and the way you live. There are high social statuses which tend to be the wealthy, and there are low social status. Wealth has some contribution in this because a social status is how you rank in your society based on your achievements.

Works Cited

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Mitzman, Arthur. "Max Weber." Encyclopedia Britannica. School and Library Subscribers, 01 Jan. 2016. Web. 18 Sept. 2016. <>.

Shortell, Prof. Timothy. "Class, Status & Party." Weber's Theory of Social Class. Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 01 Jan. 2016. Web. 18 Sept. 2016. <>.