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Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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Habits of the Heart, first published in 1985, rapidly became one of the most widely discussed interpretations of American society in the twentieth century, joining a small body of pivotal studies such as Middletown and The Lonely Crowd. Much of what Habits described, and which resonated so widely in the public consciousness, is even more evident ten years later. Meanwhile, the authors' antidote to the American sickness - a quest for democratic community that draws on our diverse civic and religious traditions - ...
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Overview

Habits of the Heart, first published in 1985, rapidly became one of the most widely discussed interpretations of American society in the twentieth century, joining a small body of pivotal studies such as Middletown and The Lonely Crowd. Much of what Habits described, and which resonated so widely in the public consciousness, is even more evident ten years later. 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. In their new introduction, the authors relate the argument of their book to both the current realities of American society and the growing debate about the country's future.

Explores the traditions Americans use to make sense of themselves and their soceity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520053885
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/1985
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Robert N. Bellah is Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego. William M. Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley. Steven M. Tipton is Professor of Sociology and Religion at Emory University and the Candler School of Theology.
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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Updated Edition
Preface

INTRODUCTORY
1. The Pursuit of Happiness
2. Culture and Character: The Historical Conversation

PART ONE: PRIVATE LIFE
3. Finding Oneself
4. Love of Marriage
5. Reaching Out
6. Individualism

PART TWO: PUBLIC LIFE
7. Getting Involved
8. Citizenship
9. Religion
10. The National Society

CONCLUSION
11. Transforming american Culture

Appendix: Social Science as Public Philosophy
Notes
Glossary
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Rigorous, first-class analysis of Western Culture

    Though one should get Master's Credits for getting through it, this book is definitely worth the journey. A well-paced and insightful examination of how we live together - not only what we do and why we do it, but what the *implications* of those habits are for our common life. It helped me not only understand the culture around me but redirect some of my own attitudes into better channels.

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