Rickshaw Pullers: Social Criticism of Weber's Theory

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Leonardo Stevy Pariama
Jhoni Lagun Siang
Beatrix J.M. Salenussa


This study aims to show social criticism that, in fact, working as a pedicab driver for Ambonese Christians is not formed because of the calling or "role of religion", but has a uniqueness that is somewhat different from the Protestant community studied by Weber. This is demonstrated through the work ethic of Christian rickshaw pullers who emerged in the aftermath of social unrest in Maluku, were more motivated to pursue work as rickshaw pullers because of the dominant and significant economic factors, rather than religious, social, cultural and political factors which were strengthened through perceptions or views of pedicab drivers about the interesting work of pedicabs as a business opportunity to support the family economy and a source of fulfillment of life needs.

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Pariama, L. S., Siang, J. L., & Salenussa, B. J. (2019). Rickshaw Pullers: Social Criticism of Weber’s Theory. Asia Proceedings of Social Sciences, 4(2), 89–91. https://doi.org/10.31580/apss.v4i2.747


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