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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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Different Ways of Life

Different Ways of Life

(p.117) Seven Different Ways of Life
Max Weber in America

Lawrence A. Scaff

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Max Weber's journey through five states—Atlanta, Georgia; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; Asheville and Greensboro, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.—that gave him an opportunity to meet American relatives. Max and Marianne Weber's ten days in those five states included visits with descendents of Georg Friedrich Fallenstein and his first wife, Elisabeth Benecke, as well as a meeting with Max's mother, Helene Weber. The condition of the “colonial children” (as the family referred to them) and their prospects in the New World had been under discussion in the family for years. The chapter describes the Webers' itinerary, which included an off-season vacation retreat in Asheville and a trip to Mt. Airy, where Weber was able to observe religion in action. It also explores Weber's notion of what he called the “cool objectivity of sociation.”

Keywords:   religion, Max Weber, Tennessee, North Carolina, Marianne Weber, Helene Weber, colonial children, family, vacation retreat, sociation

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