The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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byMax Weber, STEPHEN KALBERG

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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 ever, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deepcultural "frame of mind" that existed at the birth of modern capitalism and to this day influences attitudes toward work in northern 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 causalarguments, 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 thegeneral 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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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 ever, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deepcultural "frame of mind" that existed at the birt...

Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. THE PROTESTANT ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISMIntroduction to the Translation, iStephen Kalberg/iIntroduction to iThe Protestant Ethic,/i iStephen Kalberg/iEndnotes: Part I. The Problem1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification2. The "Spirit" of CapitalismLuther's Conception of the CallingThe Task of the InvestigationPart II. The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism4. The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly AsceticismA. CalvinismB. PietismC. MethodismD. The Baptizing Sects and Churches5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism2. THE PROTESTANT SECTS IN AMERICA AND THE UNIQUENESS OF WESTERN RATIONALISMStephen Kalbert: IntroductionI. The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of CapitalismII. "Churches" and "Sects" in North America: An Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical ApproachIII. Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)Appendix I. Weber's Summary Statements on "The Protestant Ethic Thesis"A. The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)B. A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of "Spirit of Capitalism"Appendix II. Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the EndnotesAppendix III. Suggested Further ReadingA. The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic DebateB. Max Weber: Life and WorkNotes for The Protestant EthicLiterature CitedA. Writings of Max WeberB. Secondary Literature CitedAcknowledgmentsA Chronology of Max Weber's LifeGlossaryName IndexSubject Index