Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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This classic work of sociology explores the traditions Americans use to make sense of themselves and their society. "(A) brilliant analysis. Easily the richest and most readable study of American society . . . since The Lonely Crowd."--Newsweek.

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Habits of the Heart is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how religion contributes to and detracts from America's common good. An instant classic upon publication in 1985, it was reissued in 1996 with a new introduction describing the book's continuing relevance for a time when the country's racial and class divisions are being continually healed and ripped open again by religious people. Habits of the Heart describes the social significance of faiths ranging from "Sheilaism" (practiced by a California nurse named Sheila) to conservative Christianity. It's thoroughly readable, theologically respectful, and academically irreproachable. --Michael Joseph Gross

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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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