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Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society

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The concept Max Weber introduced that explains a societal shift from traditions and emotions to logical, practical thought is called _____.

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1. More and more people are signing up on social media sites every day. Trying to understand why people are doing this is an example of _____.

2. Which of the following is NOT one of Weber's four types of rationality?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check your understanding of Max Weber's theories of societal behavior and rationality. With our interactive quiz, you can check your knowledge of Weber's concept of 'verstehen,' as well as his four types of rationality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz assess your knowledge the following:

  • Term for the replacement of tradition and emotion with practical logic
  • Name for interpreting the motivations that underlie social action
  • The iron cage theory of too much rationalization
  • Weber's four types of rationalities

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about societal behavior in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the different types of rationality
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Weber's concept of an iron cage.

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society prepares you to:

  • List examples for each of Weber's categories of rationality
  • Describe Weber's belief that the world is constantly becoming more rational
  • Explain how verstehen helps sociologists better understand people
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