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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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Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Kathryn Tanner

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the strategies used in finance-dominated capitalism to ensure worker compliance with company demands, using mechanisms of fear, hope of external reward, self-evacuation, and the convergence of employee desires with that of the company. It will contrast these strategies, point by point, with the way in which commitment to God is related to more mundane commitments. Attention is drawn to the way Christian commitment imitates at a critical remove the enterprise self of contemporary capitalism.

Keywords:   Commitment to God, Enterprise self, Fear, Self-evacuation, Worker compliance

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