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Tavistock Press used to be tested as a co-operative enterprise among the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) within the Nineteen Fifties to provide a sequence of significant contributions around the social sciences.
This quantity is a part of a 2001 reissue of a variety of these very important works that have considering the fact that long gone out of print, or are tough to find. released via Routledge, 112 volumes in overall are being introduced jointly below the identify The foreign Behavioural and Social Sciences Library: Classics from the Tavistock Press.
Reproduced the following in facsimile, this quantity was once initially released in 1972 and is obtainable separately. the gathering can be to be had in a couple of themed mini-sets of among five and thirteen volumes, or as an entire collection.

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Civil service and the professions (particularly teaching and the universities) were largely dependent on the lowest order of society. It suggests that slavery is not necessarily and indissolubly identified with the most menial or manual kinds of work. Where any activity becomes specialized and is divorced from the possession of power, it becomes possible to regard it as a subordinate activity, subordinate even to the point of slavery. Where political power is in the hands of an oligarchy it is possible to regard culture as the activity of specialists.

It is important for us to examine Weber's account, however, because although we do not have to accept his explanation of the development of capitalism, an important subsidiary part of his argument concerns changes in the ideology of work. It might be more accurate to say that the argument concerns not 40 The Ideology o/Work so much changes in as the construction of an ideology of work. Like all important and influential works, Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit 0/ Capitalism has often been misinterpreted.

An effective state, he said, was bound to respect the mutual recognition of rights between its citizens and was itself subject to the natural law. His egalitarian teaching was difficult to reconcile with the institution of slavery; perhaps he avoided rather than achieved the reconciliation by advocating personal warmth and sympathy towards slaves: The despotism was at least becoming enlightened. . Other reconciliations were attempted, including the justification through necessity; as civilized society depended upon the existence of slaves the employment of slaves must be acceptable to the moral law.

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