Weberian sociology. Weberianism. Society is divided into many classes including petty bourgeoisie, bureaucrats which are created because of the rise of capitalism. This is different to the dichotomous ideas of Marxism.
A company has decided to cut its workforce and outsource its workers abroad. Marxism would say that union membership stopping this is an uprising and class consciousness. However Weber would argue it is an example of “Party” interests and shows inequality as not so simple as class conflict.
Which one of these surgeons have the highest status? Which one has worked the hardest to become a surgeon? Why?
Now Eric (the chav) has fallen in love with Suzzy (a middle class, “nerdy” Chinese girl). Suzzy’s dad is a businessman whilst Eric doesn’t know his dad whilst his mum lives on benefits with the occasional job. Eric has a high status at school due to his peers and his high street credit reputation (though low status among teachers). Suzzy on the other is quiet and thoughtful but has low street credit but has a high status among peers. Weber would see this as a complex interrelation of inequality because, despite the middle class value of Suzzy, Eric has a high social relationship within his subculture and if he became a crime lord, he would have comparative power, wealth and subculture status to a middle class person like Suzzy