Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West

ISBN-10: 0195332539
ISBN-13: 9780195332537
Edition: 4th 2009
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List price: $44.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - one of the most enduring and influential books in academia - is a starting point toward understanding the multiple dimensions of social change. One of the most frequently assigned readings in sociology as well as in political science, history, and economics, The Protestant Ethic presents the continuing debates about the main elements of modern life: capitalism, our "common sense" economic determinism and "rational choices," relationships between cultural forces and social structures, the tension between religion and science, the cultural foundations of democracy, economic cultures and business ethics, and the future of modern capitalism. Translated by internationally acclaimed Weberian scholar Stephen Kalberg, The Protestant Ethic explores the continuing debate regarding the origins and legacy of modern capitalism in the West, plumbing the deep cultural forces that affect contemporary work life and the workplace in the United States and Europe. Kalberg investigates the contribution of this classical study for understanding the role played by cultural forces in modern economic development and discusses the wide-ranging impact today of ascetic Protestantism on the American work ethic. Further, Kalberg offers a precise and nuanced rendering of The Protestant Ethic that captures Weber's style as well as the unusual subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments. Kalberg's standardization of Weber's terminology facilitates understanding of the various twists and turns in his complex lines of reasoning. This newly revised classic includes a completely new section, "Other Writings on the Rise of the West," where many of Max Weber's diverse writings on this topic are here brought together for the first time in one volume. This section covers Weber's later writings on comparative religion, the "economic ethics" of the major world religions, and the distinct features of the Western city, forms of law and rulership, industrial capitalism, and the state. Comparisons throughout to China and India illuminate the uniqueness of the West's trajectory and its causes. A separate section examines the long-range influence of the ascetic Protestant sects and churches on American society.

Max Weber, a German political economist, legal historian, and sociologist, had an impact on the social sciences that is difficult to overestimate. According to a widely held view, he was the founder of the modern way of conceptualizing society and thus the modern social sciences. His major interest was the process of rationalization, which characterizes Western civilization---what he called the "demystification of the world." This interest led him to examine the three types of domination or authority that characterize hierarchical relationships: charismatic, traditional, and legal. It also led him to the study of bureaucracy; all of the world's major religions; and capitalism, which he viewed as a productof the Protestant ethic. With his contemporary, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim---they seem not to have known each other's work---he created modern sociology.

General Introduction: Max Weber and the Modern West
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Introduction to the Translation
Introduction to The Protestant Ethic
Endnotes
References
The Problem
Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
The Spirit of Capitalism
Luther's Conception of the Calling
The Task of the Investigation
The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism
The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism
Calvinism
Pietism
Methodism
The Baptizing Sects and Churches
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western Rationalism
Introduction
The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism
"Churches" and "Sects" in North America: An Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketch
Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)
Demarcating the Uniqueness of the West Through Comparisons: Magic and the Economic Ethics of the World Religions
Introduction
Main Concepts: Economic Ethics, Social Carriers, Sacred Law, and the Ethic of Conviction
India: Hinduism and Buddhism
China: Confucianism
Confucianism and Puritanism
Judaism
The Middle East: Islam
The West: Ancient Christianity and Catholicism
The Rise of Modern Capitalism: The Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism Deep Contexts
Introduction
Comparative Cases: China and India
The Ancient and Medieval Cities in the West: Fraternization, Incorporation, and the Dissolution of Clan Ties
The Putting-Out System, Modes of Financing, Mercantilism, and the Factory
The Definition of Modern Capitalism, and the Relationship of Feudalism and Patrimonialism to Capitalism
The West's Cross-State Competition versus Hierocracy and Caesaropapism
Juridical Formalism and the Rational State
Ethos and Education under Feudalism and Patrimonialism, Clerical Education, and the Puritans' Mass Intellectualism
The Sect, Democracy, Tolerance, Freedom of Conscience, and a Cosmos of Abstract Norms
Bureaucratization, Democracy, and Modern Capitalism
The Impersonality of the Market and Discipline in the Modern Capitalist Factory
Weber's Summary Statements on "The Protestant Ethic Thesis"
The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)
A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of "Spirit of Capitalism" (1910)
Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the Endnotes
Suggested Further Reading
The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debate
Max Weber: Life and Work
Notes for The Protestant Ethic
Literature Cited
Writings of Max Weber
Secondary Literature Cited
Acknowledgments
A Chronology of Max Weber's Life
Glossary
Name Index
Subject Index

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