Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell, 1919–2011, American sociologist, b. New York City as Daniel Bolotsky, grad. City College (1939), Columbia (Ph.D., 1960). His immigrant parents changed their surname when he was 13. Bell taught at the Univ. of Chicago, Columbia, and Harvard. His interests ranged widely, and as a noted public intellectual he spoke and wrote on many topics. His many subjects of study included contemporary capitalist society and the individual's place within it, socialism's failure in the United States, capitalism's change from a manufacturing to a service and consumerist base, and the vulgarization of modern culture. He prophesied the coming of an "information society" and of industries reliant on science and technology. Bell also was the editor of several periodicals, notably The Public Interest (1965–72), which he cofounded. Among his best-known books are The End of Ideology (1960), The Coming of Post-Industrial Society (1973), and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1978).

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The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
Daniel Bell.
Basic Books, 1976
The New American Right
Daniel Bell.
Criterion Books, 1955
The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting
Daniel Bell.
Basic Books, 1973
Commentary, the Public Interest, and the Problem of Jewish Conservatism
Ehrman, John.
American Jewish History, June-September 1999
Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings
Charles Lemert.
Westview Press, 1999 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "The End of Ideology in the West" by Daniel Bell begins on p. 287
The Crisis in Economic Theory
Daniel Bell Irving Kristol.
Basic Books, 1981
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Models and Reality in Economic Discourse" by Daniel Bell
Is America Necessary? Conservative, Liberal, & Socialist Perspectives of United States Political Institutions
Henry Etzkowitz; Peter Schwab.
West Publishing, 1976
Librarian’s tip: "Conservative: Daniel Bell. The Revolution of Rising Entitlements" begins on p. 21
Individualism and Conformity in the American Character: Problems in American Civilization
Richard L. Rapson.
D. C. Heath, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Daniel Bell: America as a Mass Society: A Critique" begins on p. 46
Reconsidering American Liberalism: The Troubled Odyssey of the Liberal Idea
James P. Young.
Westview Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 14 "Liberalism in Retreat: The Conservative Critique"
Knowledge and Nation
Peter Scott.
Edinburgh University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "The Triumph of Pragmatism" begins on p. 66
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