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Bellah Books such as Habits of the Heart are not easy to summarize if at all. This talk, though nothing new, provides a brief summary of some of the motifs of Habits.
As a cultural analysis of American society, Habits pays close attention to the way people talk.
While the authors recognize that there are serious structural problems-economic, social, political, and institutional-in American society, they argue that there is also a problem of language.
This is a complex argument that takes a book to spell out. But in short, Bellah and his co-authors argue, with the rise of a radical form of individualism we find it increasingly difficult to express the moral reasons for our social commitments to a whole range of social relations-from intimate to large-scale institutions as well as, by implication, the natural environment.
What they mean concretely is fleshed out in the book and rehearsed here in a compact way.
For that reason, the question and answer period that followed this talk is included, even though some of the questions are inaudible.
Rae Ann McLennan tape-recorded the lecture. Sam Porter produced and edited the transcript, and wrote this introduction. As those of you who have taken a look at Habits of the Heart know, the title for my lecture here is the subtitle of the book and I do want to rehearse some of the themes pointing up, perhaps in a condensed way, what we were trying to do in that book and the issues we were trying to raise.
Another title for this lecture that might be a little more startling is, "Is America Possible? This is a question that was asked years ago by Alexis de Tocqueville.
In that much revered and little read work, Democracy in America, he raised the question, Will Americans be able to sustain their free institutions? Or, will they gradually allow their free institutions to drift into what he called sometimes, "administrative despotism," sometimes even more ironically, "democratic despotism.
Tocqueville, looking ahead to that moment when this specter of democratic despotism might in fact have taken place, says, "They will rise from their torpor every four years to elect their masters and then sink back into slavery. And the theme that Tocqueville raised, which gave him great pause as to our capacity to sustain our freedom, was the theme of individualism, which we pursued in talking to our fellow citizens.
Are Americans still citizens?
First of all, to remind you, as Tocqueville himself puts it, individualism is a word recently coined. And in fact, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first appearance of the word "individualism" in English is in the English translation of Democracy in America.
That is surprising to us because we imagine individualism so endemically American that probably John Winthrop and the Pilgrims were talking about it as they got off the boat and certainly the drafters of the Constitution were talking individualism, individualism, individualism.
Not one of them ever used that word because it did not exist. Tocqueville says our fathers only knew about egoism. Now we have this new thing: As this tendency grows, he wrote, there are more and more people who though neither rich nor powerful enough to have much hold over others, have gained or kept enough wealth and enough understanding to look after their own needs.
Such folk owe no man anything and hardly expect anything from anybody.Start studying American History Exam Pt. 1. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. What effect did Nixon's visit have on relations a.
were more isolated from other Americans.
He hated them regardless of their achievements. Whether you were a doctor or a criminal, an artist or a beggar was not important.
Racism, again, means discrimination based on racial characteristics. The veracity of that claim will be investigated in other parts of this book. By there were approximately 25, Americans residing in.
Americans were becoming increasingly land-hungry and started driving even more Native Americans out of their homelands in order to settle there. The actions of the Americans led to warring between the natives and them, like in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Individualism is the belief that personal needs are more important than the needs of society as a whole.
It is said to have first developed among Baby Boomers, born after WWII. The colonial history of the United States covers the history of European colonization of the Americas from the start of colonization in the early 16th century until their incorporation into the United States of America.
In the late 16th century, England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands launched major colonization programs in eastern North America. The term individualism itself, and its equivalents in other languages, dates—like socialism and other isms—from the 19th century.
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