Habits of the Heart Individualism and Commitment in American Life

ISBN-10: 0060970278

ISBN-13: 9780060970277

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Robert N. Bellah

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"The contemporary benchmark from which to look back and look forward in the continuing inquiry about American character."--Daniel Bell"One of the most penetrating examinations of American individualism I have seen. . . . I hope it will be read and debated for years."--Christopher Lasch, author of "The Culture of Narcissism
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List price: $13.00
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Robert N. Bellah, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1955 and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He is best known for his work on community and religion. Although he has written on religions in nonwestern cultures, he has focused much of his research on the notion of civil religion in the West. To Bellah, American society confronts a moral dilemma whereby communalism competes with individualism for domination. His most important book, Habits of the Heart (1985), considers the American character and the decline of community. Bellah holds that the radical split between knowledge and commitment is untenable and can result only in a stunted personal and intellectual growth. He argues for a social science guided by communal values.

Introduction to the Updated Edition
Preface
The Pursuit of Happiness
Culture and Character: The Historical Conversation
Finding Oneself
Love and Marriage
Reaching Out
Individualism
Getting Involved
Citizenship
Religion
The National Society
Transforming American Culture
Appendix: Social Science as Public Philosophy
Notes
Glossary
Index
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