Weber concluded that his main theory includes that various reasoning goes behind any decision or action a person makes. Four types of ideal social actions that can justify a certain decision, are traditional, affective, value rational. and instrumental. In class, we discussed how marriage and attending college can all be looked at in different ways under these various types of thought processes. Another major life decision that can be broken down within these categories is having children. In the traditional context, one can look at it as something that everyone in their family has done. No one in their family has decided to not have children, therefore he/she might as well join the pack. Next, affective could be the moment when he/she sees a cute baby in a store and would all of a sudden love the idea of having one of their own. According to value rational social action, one could agree to have a child simply because it is spoke about in their religion. One must bear children in order to pass down their religious beliefs to the next generation. Lastly, instrumental rational would be one day hoping he/she would create a picture perfect family. White picket fence, children running around, simply living the American dream. I agree with Weber that all of these explanations could be associated with any life decision one has to make.
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