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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 Discovery of the Author

The Discovery of the Author

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Max Weber in America

Lawrence A. Scaff

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the successful reception and dissemination of Max Weber's work beginning in the 1920s. It shows that interest in Weber's work led to the gradual translation and incorporation of his thought into the social science disciplines, college and university curricula, and even public discourse. The chapter examines the necessary conditions for the successful reception and propagation of Weber's writings, including the “institutionalization” of his thought, research problems, and conceptual language in curricula, undergraduate courses, and advanced graduate research seminars in American colleges and universities. It also considers the role played by the “clusters” of scholars in the diffusion of knowledge about Weber. Finally, it analyzes how the translation, publication, reading, and diffusion of Weber's work influenced the disciplines, scholarship, and intellectual life generally in the United States.

Keywords:   translation, Max Weber, social science disciplines, university curricula, universities, scholars, scholarship, intellectual life, United States, undergraduate courses

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