Special Issue "Religion and Capitalism in Colonial North America and the United States"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Catherine Brekus

Harvard Divinity University, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, scholars have turned their attention to the many ways in which religion and capitalism have been intertwined in colonial North America and the United States. Influenced by Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, published in 1905, historians have been particularly fascinated by the relationship between Protestantism and capitalism, but they have also explored the rise of the consumer revolution in the eighteenth century, the effects of capitalism on the emergence of antislavery, religious responses to industrial capitalism, evangelical marketing techniques, and the popularity of the prosperity gospel in contemporary America. The purpose of this Special Issue is to examine the complex relationship between religion and capitalism in American history. Not only have religious beliefs, practices, and institutions shaped American capitalism, but American capitalism, with its emphasis on self-interest, private property, and individual freedom, has also shaped American religion. Essays can focus on any time period from the colonial era until the present. Since capitalism is a contested and multivalent word, scholars should clarify their understanding of the term.

Prof. Dr. Catherine Brekus
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Religion
  • Capitalism
  • economy
  • United States
  • Colonial North America

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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