Sociology Index


Alfred Weber

Alfred Weber (30 July 1868 – 2 May 1958), was born in Erfurt and raised in Charlottenburg. He was a German economist, sociologist and theoretician of culture whose work was influential in the development of modern economic geography. Alfred Weber lived during the period when sociology became a separate field of science. Alfred Weber was a brother of the well-known sociologist Max Weber. From 1907 to 1933, he was a professor at the University of Heidelberg. He contributed theories for analyzing social change in Western civilization as a confluence of civilization, social processes and culture. Greatly influenced by the work of Émile Durkheim, Alfred Weber saw institutions as the key to maintaining the global social order of a society, analogous to the organs of a body, and his studies of social function examine how customs aid in maintaining the overall stability of a society. Weber’s Location Triangle (1909): Alfred Weber’s work is considered the foundation of modern location theories and a basic P-median location problem. One of its core assumptions is that firms will choose a location to minimize their total costs. Alfred Weber was one among distinguished sociologists.