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In Weber's model, human action does not proceed automatically from the workings of specific 'material' forces but flows from a complex process involving ideas and agents motivated by cultural values. Without the ideology of Protestantism, for example, capitalism could never have developed; it was necessary for agents to internalise the values of the Protestant ethic and translate them into economic and social principles enabling action to take place. Protestant ideology constituted a specific cultural orientation to the social world, one which rejected luxury and immediate consumption in favour of the postponement of worldly gratification and the avoidance of 'all spontaneous enjoyment of life'.
Bloch's major concept, the 'not yet', opposed the rigid notion of a predetermined future while remaining firmly rooted in social and historical reality, for any possible future must be grounded in the social and historical process. The 'not yet' is an implicit presence within the existing reality, its potential realised through human action. And it is culture which provides the basis for social change. As cultural forms develop they tend to outstrip their material foundations, leading to what Bloch calls a 'cultural surplus' which finds expression in utopian hopes and longings, ideas and aspirations embodied in literary and artistic genres (including fairy stories), in carnivals and in dreams.
Simmel, 1990, p. 175) In opposition, then, both to sociological positivism and mechanistic Marxism, Simmel sought to recover the concept of society as the product of socially mediated human action, arguing that traditional sociology had tended to ignore the 'real' life of society as 'we encounter it in our experience'. Simmel's task lay in examining the 'microscopic molecular' social processes, the invisible threads woven between individuals, laying bare the hidden relationships that constitute sociation or interaction.