Professor Sam Whimster

Head of Culture and Modernisation Programme & Professorial Research Fellow

Expertise: Social-economics, historical and comparative sociology, multiple modernities, social theory and methods, Max Weber, London's urban sociology.


+44 (0)20 7320 1355

Academia: Professor in Sociology - BSc (London), MA (Leeds), PhD (London) BSc (London), MA (Leeds), PhD (LSE)

Professional Background:

Sam Whimster studied at the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD. He has taught at the University of Leipzig and held research fellowships at the universities of Heidelberg, Tuebingen and Munich as well as most recently at the University of Bonn.


Selected Publications:


Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity, co-edited with Scott Lash (Allen & Unwin, 1987)

Global Finance and Urban Living, co-edited with Leslie Budd (Routledge, 1992)

Max Weber and the Culture of Anarchy (Palgrave, 1999)

The Essential Weber (Routledge, 2004)

Understanding Weber (Routledge, 2007)

Editor of Max Weber Studies

Academic papers, reviews and book chapters

Whimster, S. ‘London as a Global City‘ in Barber, S. (ed.), The Geo-Politics of the City, Forum Press, London, 2007: 55-92.

Book review of Max Weber’s ‘Agrarrecht, Agrargeschichte, Agrarpolitik.’ and ‘Roman Agrarian History’, Max Weber Studies Vol.8 No.2 (2008), pp. 249-256.

Whimster, S. ‘Sociality and Pathology in Financial Institutions‘ in Whimster, S. (ed.), Reforming the City, Forum Press, 2009:257-282.

Whimster, S. (with Jocelyn Pixley and Shaun Wilson), ‘Central bank independence: A social economic and democratic critique‘, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, March 2013 vol. 24 no. 1: pp. 32-50.

Articles and Commentaries

‘To understand economics, we have to consider emotions too’The Guardian, 20 February 2009