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

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

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AuthorBrown, Malcolm
Journal TitleThe Journal of Social Business
Journal Citation2 (1), pp. 7-25
Number of Pages19
Year2012
Place of PublicationGlasgow, United Kingdom
Web Address (URL)http://journalofsocialbusiness.com/
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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.

Keywordssocial business; social economy; religion; multi-faith activity; NGO cooperation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441099. Sociology not elsewhere classified
500499. Religious studies not elsewhere classified
359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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