The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism

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2010 Reprint of 1930 First English edition.Considered a founding text in economic sociology and sociology in general, Weber's book was translated into English for the first time by Talcott Parsons and appeared in 1930. We reprint this 1930 Edition. Weber believed that capitalism in northern Europe evolved when the Protestant (particularly Calvinist) ethic influenced large numbers of people to engage in work in the secular world, developing their own enterprises and engaging in trade and the accumulation of wealth...
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2010 Reprint of 1930 First English edition.Considered a founding text in economic sociology and sociology in general, Weber's book was translated into English for the first time by Talcott Parsons and appeared in 1930. We reprint this 1930 Edition. Weber believed that capitalism in northern Europe evolved when the Protestant (particularly Calvinist) ethic influenced large numbers of people to engage in work in the secular world, developing their own enterprises and engaging in trade and the accumulation of wealth for investment. In other words, the Protestant ethic was a force behind an unplanned and uncoordinated mass action that influenced the development of capitalism. This idea is also known as "the Weber thesis". Weber, however, rejected deterministic approaches, and presented the Protestant Ethic as merely one in a number of 'elective affinities' leading toward capitalist modernity. Weber's term Protestant work ethic has become very widely known. The work relates significantly to the cultural "rationalization" and so-called "disenchantment" which Weber associated with the modern West.
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Times Higher Education Supplement
Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology.
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Arguing that classic works should be translated every generation, and that the essay here was last translated into English some 70 years ago, Kalberg (sociology, Boston U.) strives to make the text accessible to undergraduates and general readers and to retain the integrity of the work with a close-to-the-text translation. In addition to the essay itself, which was published in a two parts in a social science journal in 1904-05, he has included two related documents by Weber (1864-1920). Cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781578989560
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen Kalberg
Translator's Preface by Stephen Kalberg
Glossary
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Part I. The Problem
1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
2. The Spirit of Capitalism
3. Luther's Conception of the Calling
a. Task of the Investigation
Part II. The Vocational Calling of Ascetic Protestantism
4. The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism
a. Calvinism
b. Pietism
c. Methodism
d. The Baptizing Sects: The Quakers, Baptists, and Mennonites
5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
"The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism"
Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion
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