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Max Weber in America$
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Lawrence A. Scaff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147796

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147796.001.0001

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The Land of Immigrants

The Land of Immigrants

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Max Weber in America

Lawrence A. Scaff

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on Max and Marianne Weber's arrival in New York on the evening of August 29, 1904. It first describes the Webers' New York itinerary, with a particular focus on their trip to the German immigrant community in North Tonawanda. It then considers Max Weber's thoughts on church and religious sects, status and class based on his observations in North Tonawanda, as well as education and the problems of the modern university. It also examines the Webers' views on the dual challenge of the “social question” and the “woman question,” posed often in stark ways by the conditions of immigrants and working-class families, and more specifically on the issues of settlements and urban space.

Keywords:   urban space, Max Weber, Marianne Weber, New York, North Tonawanda, religious sects, status, class, German immigrants, settlements

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