The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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by Max Weber, Stephen Kalberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199747253

ISBN-13: 9780199747252

Pub. Date: 07/01/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

For more than 100 years, Max Weber's the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has set the parameters for the debate over the origins of modern capitalism. Now more timely and thought provoking than eve, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deep cultural "frame of mind" that existed at the birth of modern capitalism and to

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For more than 100 years, Max Weber's the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has set the parameters for the debate over the origins of modern capitalism. Now more timely and thought provoking than eve, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deep cultural "frame of mind" that existed at the birth of modern capitalism and to this day influences attitudes toward work in North America and Western Europe.

In this volume, Stephen Kalberg revises his internationally acclaimed translation-using shorter sentences and more lucid language-to make the work even more accessible to students and other readers. Capturing the essence of Weber's style as well as the subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments, this is the only translation of the revised 1920 edition of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism published since 1930.

To draw readers into the material, this engaging volume includes extensive introductions by the editor, a chronology of Weber's life, a glossary, and numerous clarifying endnotes. Detailed commentaries discuss the controversies Weber addressed, explain his complex causal argument by reference to the general contours of his sociology, summarize the history of "the Protestant Ethic debate", and examine the significance of "the Protestant Sects" essays. Ideal for courses in sociology, anthropology, political science, history, international relations, economics, and cultural studies, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the origins and endurance of the modern West.

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ISBN-13:
9780199747252
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,049,101
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Introduction to the Translation Stephen Kalberg 3

Introduction to the Protestant Ethic Stephen Kalberg 8

Part I The Problem

Chapter I Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification 67

Chapter II The "Spirit" of Capitalism 76

Chapter III Luther's Conception of the Calling 99

The Task of the investigation 106

Part II The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism

Chapter IV The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism 113

A Calvinism 115

B Pietism 138

C Methodism 146

D The Baptizing Sects and Churches 149

Chapter V Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism 158

2 The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western Rationalism

Introduction Stephen Kalberg 183

I The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism 209

II "Churches" and "Sects" in North America: an Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketch 227

III Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920) 233

Appendix I Weber's Summary Statements on "The Protestant Ethic Thesis" 251

A The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920) 251

B A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of "spirit of Capitalism" (1910) 256

Appendix II Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the Endnotes 272

Appendix III Suggested Further Reading 280

A The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debate 280

B Max Weber: Life and Work 282

Notes for the Protestant Ethic 284

Literature Cited 401

A Writings of Max Weber 401

B Secondary Literature Cited 403

Acknowledgments 411

A Chronology of Max Weber's Life 412

Glossary 416

Name Index 429

Subject Index 435

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