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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 deep cultural "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 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.
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.
Table of Contents
|The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism|
|Introduction to the Translation||p. 3|
|Introduction to the Protestant Ethic||p. 8|
|Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification||p. 67|
|The ˘Spirit÷ of Capitalism||p. 76|
|Luther's Conception of the Calling||p. 99|
|The Task of the investigation||p. 106|
|The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism|
|The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism||p. 113|
|The Baptizing Sects and Churches||p. 149|
|Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism||p. 158|
|The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western Rationalism|
|The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism||p. 209|
|˘Churches÷ and ˘Sects÷ in North America: an Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketch||p. 227|
|Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)||p. 233|
|Weber's Summary Statements on ˘The Protestant Ethic Thesis÷||p. 251|
|The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)||p. 251|
|A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of ˘spirit of Capitalism÷ (1910)||p. 256|
|Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the Endnotes||p. 272|
|Suggested Further Reading||p. 280|
|The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debate||p. 280|
|Max Weber: Life and Work||p. 282|
|Notes for the Protestant Ethic||p. 284|
|Literature Cited||p. 401|
|Writings of Max Weber||p. 401|
|Secondary Literature Cited||p. 403|
|A Chronology of Max Weber's Life||p. 412|
|Name Index||p. 429|
|Subject Index||p. 435|
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