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This front matter section of the book Vocation and Social Context contains the table of contents, and preface. The concept of vocation has intrigued sociology since Max Weber made it a fundamental element in understanding the relationship between the individual and society. For most of them, vocation referred to God's call to some men and women in connection with a particular mission to be undertaken either inside the church or at the service of the world. The dimension of ascetism is closely bound to that of vocation. And this is true both from a secularized Perspective and a Catholic religious one. The concept of ascetism is associated with the idea of exertion, struggle and exercise, practised with method (rationality) and rigour (sacrifice), with a view to an improvement that may be moral, religious, or even professional.

Keywords: ascetism; Max Weber; vocation



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