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Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism$
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Kathryn Tanner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300219036

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300219036.001.0001

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Chained to the Past

Chained to the Past

(p.34) 2 Chained to the Past
Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Kathryn Tanner

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the way in which persons, as both workers and debtors, are encouraged to relate to past decisions that constrain present action within finance-dominated capitalism. The presumed inevitability of this way of relating to the past is undercut by appealing to Christian forms of self-repudiation in conversion and to the ruptured narratives that go along with them.

Keywords:   Conversion, Christian narrative, Debt, Self-repudiation

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