"Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life" clearly mattered when it was published in 1985: One of only a handful of truly sociological books on the New York Times' list of bestsellers in recent decades, it was widely discussed in congregations, book groups, and classrooms throughout the country. But how might it matter today? Does it carry lasting significance twenty-plus years after publication, or stand as an important but dated commentary on the excesses of 1980s individualism?
For a twentieth anniversary special edition of Sociology of Religion edited by David Yamane, 2006
Wood, Richard L.. "Thinking Culturally about Politics: Habits 20 Years Later and 20 Years Hence." For a twentieth anniversary special edition of Sociology of Religion edited by David Yamane, 2006 (2006). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/soc_fsp/2