Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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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.
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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.

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)

Meet the Author

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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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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