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Craft Guilds and Christianity in Late-Medieval England. A Rational-Choice Analysis

Craft Guilds and Christianity in Late-Medieval England. A Rational-Choice Analysis

By Gary Richardson

Rationality and Society, Vol. 17 (2005)

Abstract: In late-medieval England, craft guilds simultaneously pursued piety and profit. Why did guilds pursue those seemingly unrelated goals? What were the consequences of that combination? Theories of organizational behavior answer those questions. Craft guilds combined spiritual and occupational endeavors because the former facilitated the success of the latter and vice versa. The reciprocal nature of this relationship linked the ability of guilds to attain spiritual and occupational goals. This link between religion and economics at the local level connected religious and economic trends in the wider world.

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