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The Secular CitySecularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective$
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Harvey Cox

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158853

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158853.001.0001

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Work and Play in the Secular City

Work and Play in the Secular City

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(p.197) Chapter 8 Work and Play in the Secular City
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The Secular City
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Harvey Cox

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158853.003.0009

This chapter discusses the three basic alterations on work that urbanization and secularization produce. First, they separate the place of work from the place of residence; second, they transform work more and more into bureaucratic patterns of organization; and third, they emancipate work from the religious character it has retained from the period when it was interpreted as a spiritual discipline. All of these modifications of work have been viewed with alarm and criticized, frequently by religious people. Attempts have been made to reintroduce familial elements into the life of the modern corporation; objections have been voiced to the organization with its characteristic impersonality; laments have been expressed over the disappearance of a sense of vocation in work.

Keywords:   work, urbanization, secularization, bureaucratic organization, spiritual discipline, familial elements

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