Being in the altogether has often provoked outrage, offence, laughter, lust and sometimes shame.
Why is our response to the naked body so contradictory and why is nudity different, depending on where you do it?
Laurie Taylor discusses nudity and our, sometimes contrary, attitudes to taking our clothes off with Ruth Barcan, author of Nudity – A Cultural Anatomy.
MAX WEBER (1864 – 1920) – Protestant Ethic
Max Weber was one of the founders of modern sociology. In November 1904 Weber published the first instalment of The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism in the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, Germany’s premier social science journal.
The essay was a dramatic illustration of the journal’s new tendency. Capitalism should be explained within its wider historical and cultural context and its significance for humanity evaluated.
To celebrate the centenary of the Protestant Ethic, Laurie Taylor invites Sam Whimster, Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University and editor of Max Weber Studies, alongside John Eldridge, Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow to debate Max Weber’s contribution to political thinking. Can his thesis still be considered relevant?
In the advanced global economies of the 21st Century what provides the impetus – moral, religious or otherwise – for us to get up each day and go to work?
Dr Ruth Barcan
Lecturer, Department of Gender Studies, University of Sydney and author of numerous essays on the body, nudity and nudism, popular culture and pedagocy
Nudity – A Cultural Anatomy
Max Weber and the Spirit of Modern Capitalism – one hundred years laterA two-day conference examining a range of themes centred around Weber's philosophy, including the developmental logic of contemporary capitalism, organised by Max Weber Studies and supported by the British Sociological Association.
Friday 11 – Saturday 12 June 2004
Venue: Toynbee Hall
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6LS
Tel: 020 7247 6943
Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University
The Essential Weber: a reader
Edited by Max Weber
Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Lt
Max Weber and the Culture of Anarchy
Edited by Sam Whimster
Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow
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