What Is Max Weber's Rationalization Theory

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Max Weber Essay
Andrea Castro
Soc 351 Classical Theory

Max Weber was the first child of a very large family to come. He was the eighth child that was born, and he was also the oldest. Not only was he the oldest of eight, but he was one of the six kids in the family that lived to transcend into adulthood. He was lucky too, because he contracted meningitis at the very young age of only four. His survival of the disease was amazing given he was born in 1864. While he fought the disease he still had to live with symptoms even long after the disease rid his body. In the year of 1889, Weber obtained a PhD and later accepted a job at the University of Berlin where he lectured (Appelrouth, Edles 2012: 126)
Weber’s rationalization theory
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