The Protestant Ethic and Modernization: A Comparative View

The Protestant Ethic and Modernization: A Comparative View

The Protestant Ethic and Modernization: A Comparative View

The Protestant Ethic and Modernization: A Comparative View

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This collection of essays illustrates the development of scientific discussion and controversy around one of the most provocative theses in the social sciences: Max Weber's famous Protestant ethic thesis.

In the beginning this controversy was centered on the European and, to some extent, the American scene. Lately it has been taken up in the wider context of studies of modernization and development, thus bringing it back to the broad framework of comparative studies as Weber first conceived it.

The fascination which this thesis has exerted was due not only to its specific details but, as attested by the essays collected here, to its broader analytical implications in general and to its importance for the study of modernity in particular.

The essays presented here can be divided into three parts. First, essays dealing with the exposition of Weber's thesis within the context of his general sociological analyses. Second, essays which deal with various specific aspects of his thesis in the context of Europe and America. Third, essays which deal with attempts to test the applicability of the thesis or of its derivatives, or which apply a similar approach, to non-European settings.

I would like to thank Mrs. R. Shaco for her help in preparing the book for print.

S. N. Eisenstadt

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
November 1967
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