Richard Madsen

Richard Madsen received an MA in Asian studies and a PhD in sociology from Harvard University. He is a distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego and was a co-director of a Ford Foundation project to help revive the academic discipline of sociology in China. Madsen is the author or co-author of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations. He has also written scholarly articles on how to compare cultures and how to facilitate dialogue among them.

His best-known works on American culture are those written with Robert Bellah, William Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven Tipton: Habits of the Heart (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995) and The Good Society (New York, Knopf, 1991). These books explore and criticize the culture of individualism and the institutions that sustain it. Habits of the Heart won the LA Times Book Award and was jury nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Sociology of ideas/culture, sociology of religion, comparative sociology, Chinese society, "moral anthropology"

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