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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Abstract

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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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
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 (2008): 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
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441099 Sociology not elsewhere classified
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5004 Religious studies > 500499 Religious studies not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3599 Other commerce, management, tourism and services > 359999 Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): 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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21430

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