Weber, Passion and Profits
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in Context
By (author) Jack Barbalet
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Weber, Passion and Profits by Jack Barbalet
Book DescriptionMax Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is one of the best-known and most enduring texts of classical sociology, continually inspirational and widely read by both scholars and students. In an insightful interpretation, Jack Barbalet discloses that Weber's work is not simply about the cultural origins of capitalism but an allegory concerning the Germany of his day. Situating The Protestant Ethic in the development of Weber's prior and subsequent writing, Barbalet traces changes in his understanding of key concepts including 'calling' and 'rationality'. In a close analysis of the ethical underpinnings of the capitalist spirit and of the institutional structure of capitalism, Barbalet identifies continuities between Weber and the eighteenth-century founder of economic science, Adam Smith, as well as Weber's contemporary, the American firebrand Thorstein Veblen. Finally, by considering Weber's investigation of Judaism and capitalism, important aspects of his account of Protestantism and capitalism are revealed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521895095
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A fresh vision of Max Weber's most renowned work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
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Author Biography - Jack Barbalet
Jack Barbalet is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Sydney. He is a leading scholar of classical sociology and social theory and his previous publications include Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure: A Macrosociological Approach (Cambridge, 2001).
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