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Protestantism and Capitalism
The Mechanisms of Influence

 

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Protestantism and Capitalism
The Mechanisms of Influence

by Jere Cohen (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780202306728

 

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This work evaluates the impact of English Puritanism on the development of modern capitalism. Its point of departure is Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" (1905).


Drawing on evidence on Puritan preachers and merchants, this book evaluates the impact of English Puritanism on the development of modern capitalism. Its point of departure is Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" (1905), whose thesis has remained widely known, controversial and influential as any work by a sociologist in the past century. Each of the hypotheses that Jere Cohen finds in Weber's text represents a potential mechanism through which Puritanism could have exerted its econmic influence. The aim of the book as a whole is to determine how Puritanism exerted its influence on capitalism, how many mechanisms were at work and how powerful the impact might actually have been. Weber's ideas about the Protestant work ethic, rational economic action and salvation anxiety and the relationship of sucess in business to election for salvation, among other topics, are held up to critical and historical scrutiny. Cohen finds, in some instances contary to expectation, that some of these Weberian mechanisms of influence are empiracally validated, lending support to the Weber thesis, while others are disproven and dropped.


 

ISBN 202306720
ISBN13 9780202306728
Publisher AldineTransaction
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/05/2002
Pages 296
Weight (grammes) 408
Published in United States
Height (mm) 230
Width (mm) 150