- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea

Protestant Ethic

Core definition

Principles of Protestantism (particularly Calvinism) that emerged in the 1600s and stressed a disciplined work ethic, thrift, individualism, this-worldly concerns, and rational orientation to life.

Longer explanation

There's no doubt that one of the most crucial turning points in modern history was the shift from traditional economic barter systems to capitalism. But what ...

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