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Title: From 'New Spirit' to New Steel-Hard Casing? Civil Society Actors, Capitalism, and Crisis: The Case of Attac in Europe
Contributor(s): Otsch, Silke (author); Pasqualoni, Pier (author); Scott, Alan  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: In good time for the centenary of 'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme' (1999-English translation 2005a) offered us an account of capitalism's putative new spirit. In many respects, the picture the authors draw of modern capitalism is a familiar one within contemporary social theory and sociology: one repeated by proponents and critics of neo-liberalism and globalization alike and popularized by Richard Sennett in his best selling 'The Corrosion of Character' (1998). But what is distinctive about Boltanski's and Chiapello's analysis is the prominence given to changes in the conduct of life associated with this new spirit. It is this, rather than the shared term 'spirit' alone, that invites a comparison between their analysis and that offered by Weber at the turn of an earlier 'fin de siècle'.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics, p. 231-250
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780199595341
Field of Research (FOR): 160805 Social Change
160602 Citizenship
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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