The multi-faith ethic and the spirit of social business: notes from an ethnography

Brown, Malcolm (2012) The multi-faith ethic and the spirit of social business: notes from an ethnography. The Journal of Social Business, 2 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 2045-1083

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This paper is structured around an analogy with Max Weber's famous book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, and argues that there are 'elective affinities' – to use Weber's term – between the multi-faith ethic and the spirit of social business. It begins with a discussion of these concepts, and also draws on ethnographic data from a study of the Blood Foundation, a small multi-faith NGO based in Fang, northern Thailand, which has a social business ethos. Networking and cooperation are crucial to the work of social businesses and NGOs, so this paper includes discussion of NGO cooperation within the Fang Valley Development Network. It concludes with a discussion of the specific elective affinities that can be identified.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 04:15
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: social business; social economy; religion; multi-faith activity; NGO cooperation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society

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