The Protestant Ethic Turns 100
Essays on the Centenary of the Weber Thesis
Marking the centennial anniversary of the first publication of Max Weber's "Protestant Ethic" essays, a group of internationally recognized Weber scholars review the significance of Weber's essays by addressing their original context, historical reception, and ongoing relevance. Lawrence Scaff, Hartmut Lehmann, Philip Gorski, Stephen Kalberg, Martin Riesebrodt, Donald Nielsen, Peter Kivisto, and the editors offer original perspectives that engage Weber's indelible work so as to inform current issues central to sociology, history, religious studies, political science, economics, and cultural studies. Available in several English translations, the Protestant Ethic is listed by the International Sociological Association among the top five "Books of the Century." The Protestant Ethic continues to be a standard assigned reading in undergraduate and graduate courses, spanning a variety of academic disciplines.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Friends and Foes, Hartmut Lehmann; Chapter 2 Dimensions of the Protestant Ethic, Martin Riesebrodt; Chapter 3 The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism as Grand Narrative, Donald A. Nielsen; Chapter 4 Remnants of Romanticism, Lawrence A. Scaff; Chapter 5 The Contexts of the Publication and Reception of the Protestant Ethic, William H. Swatos Jr., Kivisto Peter; Chapter 6 Rational Capitalism, Traditionalism, and Adventure Capitalism, Lutz Kaelber; Chapter 7 The Little Divergence, Philip S. Gorski; Chapter 8 Utilizing Max Weber’s “Iron Cage” to Define the Past, Present, and Future of the American Political Culture, Stephen Kalberg;
William H. SwatosJr., Lutz Kaelber,
"The collective scholarship of this edited volume provides a grand overview of the history, assessment, and implications from a century of reflection on his text. The essays are fresh and interesting, and readily encourage an enlightened, contextual reading of Weber. Highly recommended."