The Iron Cage Revisited : Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era, Hardback Book

The Iron Cage Revisited : Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era Hardback

Part of the Classical and Contemporary Social Theory series


At the start of the 20th century, when Germany, among other nations, was undergoing industrialization, Max Weber famously characterized modern life in words that have often been translated as `iron cage'.

During the industrial era, that image caught on and was often used by scholars to express concerns about the extent to which the actual character of modern life contradicted its emancipatory promise.

But we are living in a different time now, when the conditions under which we live seem to be quite different from the ones that pertained in Weber's day.

It is a time when, in some respects at least, life seems to be freer and more conducive to experimentation, which has led some people to conclude that our societies have escaped from Weber's 'cage'.

But is that really true? This book challenges that notion, considering the consequences for our way of life of the triumph of neoliberalism as a political force.

Offering discussions of the obsessive materialism of our current way of life, the fascination with new technology, the instrumentalization of human beings, and the widespread fatalism, the author clarifies the meaning of Weber's thinking on the probable fate of modern societies and explores its relevance to current conditions.

As such, The Iron Cage Revisited will appeal to scholars of sociology, politics and social theory.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sociology
  • ISBN: 9781138285446



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