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 ...
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.
i read this book at univ. of washington in 1964 and. loved it then. i do not appreciate the interpretation in this edition.. i wanted to read Weber only. what i had before was pure Weber, i wish i had kept my old.book but i was a poor student and sold it back to the univ of washington book store. this book is in new condition but i do not like it and would not have bought,had i been able to read parts of it prior to buying. it is in new condition. since i dislike it as much as i do it is not a total waste of my meager resources, but close. i regret buying this edition. i loved the book i had before so this is a disappointment. perhaps that makes this review unfair. if so, sorry.
Jul 19, 2012
Excen\llent economic classic that discusses the Protestant Reformation and how it impacted and impacts our economy.
Oct 11, 2007
Great look at the way of the world
Weber's Protestant Ethic is a fantastic perspective on religion, work ethic, and the emergence and continuation of capitalism in the developed world. For anyone interested in the social sciences, poverty studies, and religion this book is a must.
Sep 25, 2007
Specialists Without Spirit
In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, sociologist Max Weber asserts that the Calvinist ethos of doing good works on earth in order to be rewarded in heaven is conjoined with industrial capitalism. The result is "Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved." A prophetic text.
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