Reconsidering Max Weber’s journey to the United States: Sociological connections between race relations and American capitalism

AHP readers may be interested in an open-access piece now online at the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences: “Reconsidering Max Weber’s journey to the United States: Sociological connections between race relations and American capitalism,” Sandro Segre. Abstract:

This article sets out to investigate Weber’s major sources of interest in his American journey, namely, rampant capitalism as most evident in some large cities, the presence of Calvinism and of a bourgeois ethos in some Northern areas of the United States, and the persisting relevance of a precapitalist status order in the South. As Weber argued, in these distinct settings different status groups and anthropological types were all connected, each in its own way, with modern formally rational capitalism. The significance of Weber’s journey in the Unites States lied in the opportunity this journey offered him to delineate in ideal-typical terms a number of status groups and anthropological types to which he paid attention in the course of this travel.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.