University of Massachusetts Amherst Week 8 Rationalization of Modern Life Essay
MAX WEBER (1864-1920)
Rationalization of Modern Life
• The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 
o Introduction by Anthony Giddens and the Author’s Introduction
o Ch 1-3 Breaking it down:
What does Weber mean by rationalization and by modern Western Bourgeois Capitalism [Introduction]
What is the spirit of capitalism? [Ch 1-2]
What is the Protestant Ethic? The difference between Luther and Calvin? [Ch 3-4]
What is the connection between the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? What is the difference between the origins of the Capitalist DOL and its reproduction? [Ch 5]
As discussion leaders
1) Create a handout. The handout should be a “study guide” that will help classmates prepare for exams and our class discussion. (2) Prepare a ppt presentation on one or more key concepts in this reading. You cannot cover everything, but you can offer us a coherent angle on the readings.
**topics or questions arising from the week’s reading. You might pull out specific passages to comment on or pull out what you see as a key concept, idea, or argument from the reading.
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