Robert N. Bellah

Robert Bellah,
Robert Neelly Bellah (1927–2013) was an American sociologist and the Elliott Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.wikipedia
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American civil religion

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Bellah was perhaps best known for his work related to American civil religion, a term which he coined in a 1967 article that has since gained widespread attention among scholars.
The concept goes back to the 19th century, but in current form, the theory was developed by sociologist Robert Bellah in 1967 in his article, "Civil Religion in America".

Sociology of religion

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He was internationally known for his work related to the sociology of religion.
Thus later sociologists of religion (notably Robert Neelly Bellah) have extended Durkheimian insights to talk about notions of civil religion, or the religion of a state.

Talcott Parsons

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Bellah graduated from Harvard in a joint sociology and Far East languages program, with Talcott Parsons and John Pelzel as his advisors, respectively.
Some of the students who arrived at the Department of Social Relations in the years after the Second World War were David Aberle, Gardner Lindzey, Harold Garfinkel, David G. Hays, Benton Johnson, Marian Johnson, Kaspar Naegele, James Olds, Albert Cohen, Norman Birnbaum, Robin Murphy Williams, Jackson Toby, Robert N. Bellah, Joseph Kahl, Joseph Berger, Morris Zelditch, Renee Fox, Tom O'Dea, Ezra Vogel, Clifford Geertz, Joseph Elder, Theodore Mills, Mark Field, Edward Laumann, and Francis Sutton.

Civil religion

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Civil religion
As a concept, it originated in French political thought and became a major topic for U.S. sociologists since its use by Robert Bellah in 1960.


The term derives from a woman named Sheila Larson, who is quoted by Robert N. Bellah et al. in their book Habits of the Heart as following her own "little voice" in a faith she calls "Sheilaism".


His views are often classified as communitarian.
Among those who raised these issues were Robert Nisbet (Twilight of Authority), Robert N. Bellah (Habits of the Heart), and Alan Ehrenhalt (The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America).

Lifestyle enclave

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Lifestyle enclave is a sociological term first used by Robert N. Bellah et al. in their 1985 book, Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.

Secular religion

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Political religion
Totalitarian societies are perhaps more prone to political religion, but various scholars have described features of political religion even in democracies, for instance American civil religion as described by Robert Bellah in 1967.

Altus, Oklahoma

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Bellah was born in Altus, Oklahoma, on February 23, 1927.
Robert N. Bellah, sociologist of religion

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Later he worked with Neil Smelser, Robert N. Bellah, and Leo Lowenthal.

National Humanities Medal

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He received the National Humanities Medal in 2000 from President Bill Clinton, in part for "his efforts to illuminate the importance of community in American society."
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A Secular Age

The noted sociologist Robert Bellah has referred to A Secular Age as "one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime."

List of sociologists

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Robert N. Bellah, American sociologist

Public sociology

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For Gans, primary examples of public sociologists included David Riesman, author of The Lonely Crowd (one of the best-selling books of sociology ever to be written), and Robert Bellah, the lead author of another best-selling work, Habits of the Heart.

The Immanent Frame

Sociologist Robert Bellah called A Secular Age "one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime."

Philip S. Gorski

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His advisor was sociologist of religion Robert Neelly Bellah.

Christian republic

Robert Neelly Bellah has observed that most of the great republican theorists of the Western world have shared Rousseau's concerns about the mutually exclusive nature of republicanism and Christianity, from Machiavelli (more on which later) to Alexis de Tocqueville.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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1985: Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton (University of California Press)

Islamic ethics

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Sociologist Robert Bellah (Beyond belief) argues that Islam in its seventh-century origins was, for its time and place, "remarkably the high degree of commitment, involvement, and participation expected from the rank-and-file members of the community."

Ann Swidler

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Her advisor was Arlie Hochschild, and was also mentored by Robert Bellah, Reinhard Bendix, and Neil Smelser.

Religion and politics in the United States

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Robert N. Bellah has argued in his writings that although the separation of church and state is grounded firmly in the constitution of the United States, this does not mean that there is no religious dimension in the political society of the United States.

Tu Weiming

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He earned his Master of Arts degree (1963) in regional studies (East Asia) and Doctor of Philosophy degree (1968) in history and East Asian languages from Harvard University, where he studied with renowned professors including Benjamin I. Schwartz, Talcott Parsons, and Robert Neelly Bellah.

Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert Neelly Bellah

John Torpey

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At Berkeley, Torpey wrote his dissertation under the guidance of Jerome Karabel, Robert Bellah, and Martin Jay, which later became the foundation of his first book Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy.