Institutional Scholarship

Called' to Work; the Religious, Capitalist and Racist Roots of the Criminalization of Idleness in North America

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dc.contributor.advisor Farneth, Molly B.
dc.contributor.author Kegler, Fiona
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-15T17:25:39Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-15T17:25:39Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/23696
dc.description.abstract Acts of idleness and labor have become moralized within American culture to end that the former is criminalized and the latter is institutionalized. This thesis asks from where does the American prioritization of work and condemnation of idleness come? I will argue that it is, in part, the Protestant theological conception of the ‘calling' that has caused the stratification of work and idleness. I will be exploring the causal and reciprocal relationships between the ‘calling' and the work ethic that it invokes, the economic structure of capitalism and white supremacy in America. It is only through the consistency and constant reinforcement of these forces by each other that idleness has come to hold the immoral and criminalized position that it does. I examine these relationships by analyzing their effect on American law and penal structures. I attempt to see beyond what we understand to be a natural moral division between work and idleness and show that what we understand to be immutable moral or legal laws are often anything but.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Religion
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.title Called' to Work; the Religious, Capitalist and Racist Roots of the Criminalization of Idleness in North America
dc.type Thesis
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