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The Problem of Suffering as a Driving Force of Rationalization and Social Change

Wilkinson, Iain M. (2013) The Problem of Suffering as a Driving Force of Rationalization and Social Change. British Journal of Sociology, 64 (1). pp. 123-141. ISSN 0007-1315. (doi:10.1111/1468-4446.12009) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article documents and analyses a reconstructed Weberian conception of the problem of suffering. In this setting a focus is brought to how the problem of suffering is constituted in the dynamic interplay between, on the one hand, the compulsion to impose rational sense and order on the world, and on the other, the necessity to find a means to satiate charismatic needs. The discussion highlights Weber's account of the tendency for problems of suffering to increase in volume and scale along with the intensification and spread of modern processes of rationalization. It offers a case for the development of further sociological inquiries into the role played by experiences of the problem of suffering within the dynamics of social and cultural change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-4446.12009
Uncontrolled keywords: Max Weber, suffering, rationalization, charisma, social change, theodicy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 13:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34542 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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