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Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology.
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 (
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"Sociologists interested in Max Weber can count themselves fortunate these days with the recent appearance of the second revised edition of Stephen Kalberg's new translation of Weber's work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. . . . Those teaching upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory or the sociology of religion will find this volume an ideal introduction to Weber's work and to the continuing controversies surrounding his famous thesis. At $14.95 in paper-bound edition, it is more than worth the price."-- Donald A. Nielsen, State University of New York Oneota

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631230816
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Weber (1864-1920) was a key figure in the development of the social sciences and wrote many works in the fields of sociology, politics, economics and law. In the course of his career he taught at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg and Munich.

Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He is the co-chair of the German Study Group at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology (Polity Press, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Translation:Stephen Kalberg.

Introduction to The Protestant Ethic:Stephen Kalberg.


Part I: The Problem:.

1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification.

2. The Spirit of Capitalism.

3. Luther's Conception of the Calling.

Task of the Investigation.

Part II: The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism:.

4. The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism.




The Baptizing Sects and Churches.

5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism.

The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism: Trans. Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills.

"Prefatory Remarks" to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920).

Notes for The Protestant Ethic.

Notes for The Protestant Sects.

Notes for Prefatory Remarks.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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