Max Weber’s definitions of Social Action:
- Rational action: individuals have expectations about the behaviour of others and act to take account of these expectations in order to attain their own rationally chosen outcomes.
- Evaluative action: individuals take account of absolute values (beliefs, ethics, aesthetics or other form of behaviour) entirely for their own sake and independently of any prospects of external benefit or success.
- Emotional actions: action based on feelings and emotions of the individual and other actors.
- Traditional actions: actions that are based on long-established and habitually practiced traditional expectations.