Max Weber 's Work, The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism

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Max Weber is one of the most recognizable names in the subject of sociology. He is one of three canon theorists and stands alongside Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim. While many people consider the theoretical work of Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx to be outdated and not fitting in today’s time, Weber’s theory is perhaps closest to the societal structure that we have in our contemporary society. Max Weber had variety of interests. He was proficient in history, religion, economics, politics and sociology. Max Weber’s most famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is his perhaps most accurate and detailed account on the historical growth and relation of capitalism with religion. He traced back the spirit of capitalism to the roots of Protestants’ actions and common beliefs. He explored the question of why individuals were ready to abandon their religion and delve in the spirit of capitalism. It was in this same book, Max Weber coined the termed iron cage for the growing influence of bureaucracy. He continued to explain, in detail, the structural hierarchy of the iron cage and how it’s becoming stronger in our society. Weber’s work and understanding of the society enables us to relate his work in today’s society and its operations.

The term ‘iron cage’ and its analysis earned Max Weber respect and critique at the same time. Max weber was unsure about the coming modern of capitalism and viewed it with trepidation. In this essay we will try to answer the…

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