Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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Robert Neelly Bellah
University of California Press, 1985 - Religion - 355 pages
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Meanwhile, the authors' antidote to the American sickness--a quest for democratic community that draws on our diverse civic and religious traditions--has contributed to a vigorous scholarly and popular debate. Attention has been focused on forms of social organization, be it civil society, democratic communitarianism, or associative democracy, that can humanize the market and the administrative state. In their new Introduction the authors relate the argument of their book both to the current realities of American society and to the growing debate about the country's future. With this new edition one of the most influential books of recent times takes on a new immediacy.
  

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Review: Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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I skimmed this book and referenced it heavily for an undergraduate research project. The book was given to me and is signed and endorsed to me by my academic advisor. I have long been plagued by guilt for never actually reading it cover to cover. Now I have. Read full review

Review: Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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A canonical text of American sociology in the 1980s, sure to be at the center of reading lists about the 1980s. A quintessential examination of the mental space of middle class white America, in the ... Read full review

Contents

The Pursuit of Happiness
3
The Historical Conversation
27
PART ONE PRIVATE LIFE 3 Finding Oneself
55
Love and Marriage
85
Reaching Out
113
Individualism i
142
PART TWO PUBLIC LIFE 7 Getting Involved
167
Citizenship
196
Religion
219
The National Society
250
Transforming American Culture
275
Public Philosophy
297
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About the author (1985)

Robert N. Bellah is Elliott Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and the author of several books, including The New Religious Consciousness (with Charles Y. Glock) (1975). Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego; his most recent book is China and the American Dream (California, 1995). William M. Sullivan is Professor of Philosophy, LaSalle University, Philadelphia; his most recent book is Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America (1994). Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Organization Without Authority: Dilemmas of Social Control in Free Schools (1980). Steven M. Tipton is Professor, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and author of Getting Saved from the Sixties: Moral Meaning in Conversion and Cultural Change (California, 1982). The authors also collaborated on the writing of The Good Society (1991).
In 2000, Robert Bellah was one of twelve recipients of the National Humanities Medal

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