Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Aug 18, 2007 - 410 pages
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First published in 1985, "Habits of the Heart "continues to be one of the most discussed interpretations of modern American society, a quest for a democratic community that draws on our diverse civic and religious traditions. In a new preface the authors relate the arguments of the 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

User Review  - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads

1985 sociological study which offers some genuinely profound insights into how Americans talk themselves into narratives of self-made people and idealized small towns, although markedly biased by its ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Nils - Goodreads

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

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Contents

The Pursuit of Happiness
3
Culture and Character The Historical Conversation
27
PRIVATE LIFE
53
Finding Oneself
55
Love and Marriage
85
Reaching Out
113
Individualism
142
PUBLIC LIFE
165
Citizenship
196
Religion
219
The National Society
250
Transforming American Culture
275
Social Science as Public Philosophy
297
Notes
309
Glossary
333
Index
337

Getting Involved
167

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About the author (2007)

Robert N. Bellah was Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five books, including "China's Catholics" (California, 1999). William M. Sullivan is Professor of Philosophy at La Salle University and Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the author of "Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America" (1995). Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is "Talk of Love: How Culture Matters "(2001). Steven M. Tipton is Director of the Graduate Division of Religion and Professor of Sociology at Emory University and its Candler School of Theology. He is at work on "Public Pulpits, " a study of religious advocacy in Washington. All four editors are the coauthors, with Robert N. Bellah, of "Habits of the Heart" and "The Good Society.

William M. Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has been Professor of Philosophy at La Salle University, where he is now Associate Faculty. He is co-author of Habits of the Heart, and author of Reconstructing Public Philosophy and Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America, 2nd edition.

Ann Swidler is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Organization without Authority" and coauthor of "Habits of the Heart," "The Good Society," and "Inequality by Design,

Steven M. Tipton teaches sociology and religion at Emory University and its Candler School of Theology. He is a coauthor of "Habits of the Heart" and "The Good Society," and the author of "Getting Saved from the Sixties,

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