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THE GOOD SOCIETY examines how many of our institutions- from the family to the government itself- fell from grace, and offers concrete proposals for revitalizing them.

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ISBN-13: 9780679733591
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/1992
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Robert N. Bellah was Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Habits of the Heart, Religion in Human Evolution, and The Good Society. IHe received the US National Humanities Medal in 2000 by President Clinton. He died in 2013, at the age of 86.

Richard Madsen received his MA and PhD in sociology from Harvard University. He was co-director of a Ford Foundation project to advance the cause of academic sociology in China and has written twelve books on Chinese and American culture and relations. He is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Steven M. Tipton received his BA from Stanford University and his PhD from Harvard. He is a senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and was the director of Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion from 1998 to 2003.

William Sullivan holds a BA from Harvard College and a doctorate from the Centre of Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of St. Andrews. He lives in Massachusetts.

Ann Swidler received her BA from Harvard in 1966 and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. She was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1982 and in 2013 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is most famous for her work in cultural sociology and for her much-cited article "Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies."

Table of Contents


Introduction: We Live Through Institutions

Chapter 1: Making Sense of It

Chapter 2: The Rise and Fall of the American Century

Chapter 3: The Political Economy: Marker and Work

Chapter 4: Government, Law, and Politics

Chapter 5: Education: Technical and Moral

Chapter 6: The Public Church

Chapter 7: America in the World

Conclusion: Democracy Means Paying Attention

Appendix: Institutions in Sociology and Public Philosophy

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